With the National Leprechaun Hunt about to take place on Sunday 25th March at 2pm in Carlingford it was a big surprise to the organisers that one of the little fellows who has eluded capture for two years was found by Niall Brady while out waking with his family on the mountain last week.
They say that mythical creatures are difficult to catch at the best of times, and so it proved with this particularly little person, who evaded capture for two whole years.
It was the canny eye of Niall Brady from Carlingford who caught the evasive Leprechaun, a species who are renowned for ability to lie and hide pots of gold.
Yet this didn’t stop Niall, who managed to collect a prize despite the trickery of the Leprechaun, trickery which had left him hidden for two years.
Niall arrived into the Carlingford and Mourne offices on Ghan Road Carlingford to claim his reward which was presented to him by Frances Taylor.
Asked how did he spot him Niall said “I was walking along talking to my Mammy and I tripped. I looked behind me and there he was. I think he tripped me for a laugh, but I had the last laugh” he said waving his 10 pound sterling note.
All details of the hunt can be found on www. thelastleprechauns ofireland.com.
The Last Leprechauns of Ireland was launched by Mairead McGuinness M.E.P. in the Carlingford Heritage centre.
In 1989, a local Inn keeper P.J.O Hare found a Leprecauns suit,and bones, on Foy Mountain, above Carlingford and so the event was born.