National Leprechaun Hunt

The event that has captured the nation’s attention is finally happening.!
Following its official designation as an EU Special Protection Area for Little People in 2010, the small town of Carlingford has been thronged with visitors to view the only authentic leprechaun artefacts known to exist in Ireland.
Just over 20 years ago, the suit and bones of a leprechaun were found on The Slieve Foy mountain by the late, well known businessman PJ O Hare. He discovered them after hearing a faint crying and when he went to investigate, he was shocked to find the suit of a leprechaun, along with coins and bones.
This sparked the original Leprechaun Hunt which was held on the Easter Sunday of 1989, attracting 4,000 visitors to the region.
Kevin Woods, who lead the original hunt and a member of the Leprechaun Preservation working group said: “We will have 100 ‘leprechauns’ with a total cash amount of €2000. They will be located on the side of the mountain to the right of the SPA and hope to raise a lot of money for charity. However, we ask that if people come across a real leprechaun that they will allow them to pass and not try to capture them. ‘Slieve Foy is now recognised as the home of the last leprechauns of Ireland and we know there are 236 currently living on the mountain. It is important that they are safe, happy and we do not allow them to become extinct.’

Prospecting licences will be sold on the day at €5.00 per person and registration begins at 1.00pm. Only carriers of authenticated licences will be allowed on the mountain that day. Frances Taylor Marketing Director, Carlingford and Mourne Region Ltd is fully supporting the event. “I am not surprised at the reception from public and the media about this event. There are so many leprechaun enthusiasts out there who believe in what we are doing here. People feel strongly about protecting our little people, who, we must remember, are the touchstone of our heritage and folklore’.
The event has been sponsored by Cooley Distillery and supported by Louth County Council and Failte Ireland.
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