Dublin, Day 3, 16 FEB: Leprechaun Museum
Ireland is trying to repossess the leprechaun as a part of Irish heritage and lore. This initiative is how the National Leprechaun Museum came to be, which was my favorite part of the trip by far.
On our third day in Dublin, we slept in and wandered over to the National Leprechaun Museum around 11am. The four of us enthusiastically signed up for next available tour! On this tour, our guide gave us a brief history of the reinventions and adaptions of the leprechaun by corporations such as Disney and Kelloggs (Lucky Charms is not exactly Irish). Then, we went through a “magic tunnel” that shrank us to the size of leprechauns. We climbed on giant furniture, followed the rainbow to the end, saw a pot of gold, and laughed a lot along the way.
The museum not only opened my eyes to Irish mythology and folklore, but also gave me an unforgettable adventure. At the end, we all had a chance to draw what we thought about the museum, and here’s what I drew:
After we returned to our normal size, Susan and I went back to the hostel to take a nap while Scott and Jeanette explored O’Connell Street, which Susan and I had explored the day before on our early morning walk. That night was another adventure all together, but I’ll save that story for my next post.