Thousands turn out for leprechaun hunt
The annual search for little men in green got underway at the weekend as the national leprechaun hunt, straddling both sides of the Irish border, took place for the 23rd year running.
The search was on for traces of the “little people’ in the Irish town of Carlingford, organised by tourist agents promoting the area alongside the neighbouring Mourne Mountains in Co Down.
Frances Taylor, marketing director for region was overwhelmed by the thousands who turned out for Saturday’s event dressed in full-leprechaun regalia.
“People feel strongly about protecting our little people, who we must remember, are the touchstone of our heritage and folklore,” she told the Irish News.