Leprechauns have been protected on a European directive thanks to a group of lobbyists in Carlingford, Co. Louth.
"We are delighted in the knowledge that our little people will be protected from extinction and allowed to thrive on the mountains," said local man Kevin Woods. As he explains in the video, "there are only 236 leprechauns still living in Ireland on the Foy mountain at Slate Rock". He believes that this place is of the spirit world.
The story goes that in 1989, P.J. O'Hare, a local businessman and publican, was up on Carlingford mountain when "he heard a scream coming from the area beside the Wishing Well. Being curious, he went to investigate and found a patch of burnt ground. Beside this patch he found a little hat, jacket and trousers with four gold coins in the pockets."
The clothes of "The Naked Leprechaun" are on display at PJs Pub in Carlingford.
The discovery of this suit led to the establishment of the Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt when hundreds of people descend on Carlingford in search of "The Naked Leprechaun."
As well as being a protected area for leprechauns, it is also a beautiful tourist spot which is being protected for its natural beauty so when you plan to visit Ireland, make sure you include a visit to Carlingford in time for the great search!
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