One third of Irish people believe that leprechauns exist, according to a survey conducted by Cooley Distillery, in 2011.
Over half of respondents said they believe that they existed in Ireland in the past.
Leprechauns are small, smart and devious little characters, usually dressed from head to toe in green and with ginger hair and a ginger beard. They date back to Irish mythology and were described by many as “wee folk.” Normally great musicians, they can play a variety of instruments including the tin whistle, the fiddle and the harp.
The online survey was conducted ahead of the annual National Leprechaun Hunt in County Louth in aid of Our Lady's Children’s Hospital Crumlin and local charities.
The research concluded that due to the current downturn, and the scarcity of gold, many leprechauns were forced to emigrate.
Bearing testament to this fact, there have been some leprechaun sightings in Mobile, AL. Talk a look at his video, which shows some eager neighbors on the hunt for a the small green man from Irish folklore.
Log in with your social accounts:
Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:
Don't have an account yet? Register now !
Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:
Already have an account ? Log in
Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:
Make sure we gathered the correct information from you
You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.
Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: