Carlingford to break world record for Leprechauns!

25th Anniversary of The National Leprechaun Hunt-Carlingford to break world record for Leprechauns! One of the nation’s favorite events is aiming to break the world record for the greatest of people gathered as leprechauns… at where else.. but the National Leprechaun Hunt in Carlingford Co Louth on Sunday 30th March 2014 at 2.00pm.   The event that has captured the nation’s imagination since the official designation of Slieve Foy Mountain in Co Louth as an EU Special Protection Area for Little People in 2009.

Exactly 25 years ago, the suit and bones of a leprechaun were found on The Slieve Foy Mountain by the late  local business man, P.J. O Hare.  He discovered them after hearing a loud cry coming from the mountain and when he went to investigate; he was shocked to find the suit of a leprechaun, along with 4 gold coin and some bones within an area of scorched earth.This sparked the original Leprechaun Hunt which was held on the Easter Sunday of 1989, attracting 4,000 visitors to the beautiful region of Carlingford. On the day of the hunt, 100 ceramic leprechauns are hidden on Slieve Foy mountain, to the right of the S.P.A, with a total cash amount of €2000 beneath them. However, people that may come across a real leprechaun but are requested not to try to capture them.

This is about more than breaking a world record’ Frances Taylor Event Coordinator said. ‘Slieve Foy is known as the home of the last remaining 236 leprechauns left in Ireland”. There were once millions of them in Ireland and they died out when people stopped believing in them. We can ensure their survival through maintaining and strengthening this belief.  These ‘wee people’ are the touchstone of our heritage and folklore and it is essential that we look after them and their future’.

The organizers are appealing to people to show support by arriving on the day in leprechaun costume. Only carriers of authenticated licenses will be allowed on the mountain that day  and prospecting licenses are sold at €6.00 per person with registration beginning at 1.00pm at the Village Green Carlingford.   Irelands last Leprechaun Whisperer “McCoillte” will also be available on site to answer any questions about the lives of the remaining 236 little people.

This event is facilitated by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office, Carlingford and Mourne Region and East Coast Adventure Centre with support from Louth County Council and Failte Ireland.

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