Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt

21 May 2017 13:30 – 17:30
Location: The Village Green, Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland
Category:Carlingford Events

Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt

The Hunt takes place Sunday May 21st at 14.00pm on the slopes of Slieve Foy, Carlingford in County Louth.

Leprechauns of Carlingford EU Protection NoticeProspectors and Families will gather in Carlingford, Co Louth to hunt… Leprechauns.

The annual event 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 2010. As a result, the small medieval 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.
Slieve Foy Moutain is now recognised as the home of the last leprechauns of Ireland and there are 236 currently living on the mountain. It is important that they are safe, happy and they are not allowed to become extinct.

There will be 100 ‘leprechauns’ with a total cash amount of €2000 which will be located on the side of the mountain close to the SPA (Special Protection Area). People that may come across a real leprechaun, are asked to allow them to pass and not to try and capture them.

Prospecting licences will be sold on the day at €6.00 per person and registration begins at 1.00pm. Only carriers of authenticated licences will be allowed on the mountain that day.

Meeting Point: The Fair Green in Carlingford at 1.00pm

Those lucky enough to find one of the little folk can redeem the leprechaun for prize-money when the hunt is over. All proceeds are in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

The event is facilitated by the and Failte Ireland.

For further details and information

Tel: +353 (0) 86 8732669
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Carlingford Leprechaun Hunt

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