The Wee Free Men

St. Patrick;Wee Free Men;Leprechaun The Wee Free Men

26 March 2015

Trail conditions were poor around St. Patrick's Day, but we came upon some Little People once we did get out.

First Leprechaun we found
First Leprechaun we found
Second Leprechaun we found
Second Leprechaun we found

Prank? Hallucination? Well, it's not like there haven't been other sightings.

Portland Leprechaun Park
Portland Leprechaun Park

1. Portland, Oregon
Not a bonsai. Apparently a park dedicated to leprechauns that dates back to 1947, when a local reporter, Dick Fagan, exposed the country's only leprechaun colony. Fagan spotted a leprechaun digging a hole outside his window and captured it. But when he wished for a park of his own, the leprechaun gave him the hole in the ground instead. The two-foot long patch of ground has been an official city park since 1976.

Carlingford Protected Zone
Carlingford Protected Zone

2. Kevin Woods
Then there's Kevin Woods, the "Leprechaun Whisperer" of Carlingford. Woods is responsible for leprechauns being legally protected on the Sliabh Foy Loop trail with a sign that reads "European Habitat Directive: Plants, Wild Animals and Leprechauns (Little People) are Protected in This Area. Please Tread Lightly. Hunters & Fortune Seekers Will be Prosecuted." Duly warned, we avoided hunting or shaking down the Little People we found. But Woods wasn't that lucky. In 2013, a 2-foot tall fairy horse was stolen from Folklore Park, yielding the memorable headline "Leprechaun Whisperer Curses Gang after Two-Foot Fairy Horse Stolen." Official comment from the police was "It is the first time we will have ever searched for a fairy horse."

Sketch from Crichton
Sketch from Crichton

3. The Crichton Leprechaun
And then there's the Crichton (Mobile) Alabama Leprechaun. The police have released a sketch. But the eyewitness reports are far more enlightening. (Video)

Apparently, our karma was <br/>better. We found a <br/>Leprechaun with loot.
Apparently, our karma was
better. We found a
Leprechaun with loot.

It's enough to make you understand Jennifer Aniston's response when she was asked if she would like to apologize to the nation of Ireland for "Leprechaun." "I should've apologized?" Aniston responded. "Didn't [making that movie] punish me enough? Didn't my karma take care of it?"

© - Erica Obey
Photos © - George Baird