UP to 33 per cent of Irish people believe Leprechauns exist, according to a poll carried out by Cooley Distillery.
The online survey comes ahead of the second annual National Leprechaun Hunt, which is set to take place in Carlingford, on Sunday, March 27.
As many as 55 per cent of those questioned say leprechauns existed in Ireland in the past.
However, the current financial crisis and scarcity of gold due to the rising commodity market prices may have forced many leprechauns to emigrate in recent years.
Leprechaun hunters will assemble at “The Green” in Carlingford on March 27 at 1.30pm.
After buying a Leprechaun Hunting Licence for e5, the hunters will proceed to the mountain gate.
The hunting area will be marked out by four flagpoles. It is expected that up to 50 leprechauns could be found, each carrying a reward, the value of which is written under his heel.
The hunt will finish at 4.30pm and “finders” will claim their prize at the Square, Carlingford at 5pm.
Hunters will not be allowed to hunt in the area of the Wishing well and Slate Rock as this area is now protected under the European Habitats Directive which allows for the protection of flora, fauna, wild animals, and Little People (leprechauns).
All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to Our Ladys Children’s Hospital Crumlin and local charities.
For more information contact Cooley Penninsula Tourist Office on 042-9373033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.