While some of us will be looking for eggs this March, there will be those looking for that mysterious man in green who hides behind rainbows and a pot of gold. Every year in Carlingford, Ireland there is a Leprechaun hunt. It has become so well-known in 2010 the lobbyist helped to have a bill passed that the Leprechauns cannot be caught and harmed. There are a little over two hundred leprechauns left on the Slieve Foy Mountain. This is where they reside.
While you won’t be able to actually go into their habitat there is a designated walkway that you can travel along. One hundred ceramic Leprechauns will be placed along the path just in case you don’t get the opportunity to spot a live one.
Traveling is different for everyone. You may be someone who gathers a few friends or family and likes to make up your own itinerary but for those who like a package there are quite a few during the Leprechaun season and they not only involve looking for little green men they also have you on a whimsical journey of finding fairies and a Leprechaun whisperer. You’ll visit Fairy Glen in the mountains of Mourne where fairies have been spotted for years fluttering around. The whisperer will tell you all about the history of leprechauns and how he communicates with them. You’ll also learn about St. Patrick, take leisure walks into the mountains and see breathtaking views of Ireland. Of course your week wouldn’t be complete without trying what Ireland is known for, Guinness. You will go to the Guinness storehouse; a Guinness Museum. You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about this delicious beer.
There will be those of us eating our Cadbury eggs and if we’re feeling lucky perhaps going to the local convenience store to buy our lottery ticket in hopes of finding our own pot of gold. But there will be some on April 7th who will be on the Leprechaun Hunt and waiting for the faintest hint of a rainbow poking out of the sky.