The Luck Of The Irish

This mystery is perfect for St Patrick's Day parties and other large parties. It is very flexible and has roles for 10 to 50 guests. However, it could be used for up to 90 guests if the additional guests just dress in green. See below for some definitions of basic Irish terms and information about Saint Patrick's Day.

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The King of the Leprechauns has had his pot of gold stolen. Who was the devious thief? Was it one of the little people or one of the local Irish lads or lasses? Or was it Laoghaire – the High King? Saint Patrick himself is here to investigate.

In the optional "murder version" there is the following addition:

We have just heard that Evan Costello - Laoghaire - the High King's goldsmith has been found dead. It appears that he fell while trying to kiss the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle near Cork. The question is – did he just fall or did someone play a part in his death? And if he was killed, was he killed by the same person who stole the gold, or was it someone else?

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Versions and samples

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Small standard :
This bundle includes a "mystery not murder" flexible version for 10 to 16 guests
(also includes an optional "murder" version).

sample (mystery version)
sample (murder version)
$29.95US Click to Add to Cart

Meet and mingle:
This bundle includes one version for 17 to 30 guests
(includes an optional "murder" version).

$39.95US Click to Add to Cart

Meet and mingle:
This bundle includes one version for 17 to 50 guests, however, there are enough clues for the kit to be used for up to 90 guests if the extra people just dress in green)
(includes an optional "murder" version).

The same as the version for 20 but with 30 more optional characters. $49.95US Click to Add to Cart

Sample character descriptions

The suspects are:

Hendo Barrett (a leprechaun) He's not a grotesque goblin - he's more of a mischievous elf. He's always sneaking around and keeping an eye on what's going on. He pops up here, he pops up there - behind a bush and so on.

Muirne Barrett She never quite knows how Hendo comes up with the housekeeping money he gives her as she never sees him doing any work. When she asks he mumbles something about finding a four-leafed clover. She supplements their income by sewing pointy hats for other elves.

Mayo O'Hara (a leprechaun) He is a traditional cobbler. He mainly makes shoes for other little people. He is very hardworking.

Aisleen O'Hara She helps Mayo by polishing the boots he makes. She is very proud of the shoes they make.

Magee MacMahon He is a blacksmith. He also makes horseshoes for the little people as well as the normal folk. He is very hardworking.

Tara Fitzgerald She knits sweaters and sells them at the market. She always has her nose in the air and acts as if she is above everyone.

Malone MacSweeney He plays the fiddle fast and furiously. He is also a shepherd.

Myrna O'Connor She helps milk her parent's cows. She is a traditional dairy maid.

King Desmond Laoghaire He is a powerful leader. Saint Patrick lit a fire just before he was about to light the official fire in order to get his attention. He was impressed with Saint Patrick.

Queen Mona Laoghaire She is Laoghaire's wife. She lives the luxurious life of a lady of the royal court.


Hendo Barrett: "I move about here and there. I'm like a firecracker - I pop up here and there. Sometimes I give people a bit of a fright too because I'm so unexpected. I like watching them jump. Hee Hee!"


What they've said

Linette K. Hollandsworth, USA

Linette sent this feedback about her Luck Of The Irish party:

"We live in the Azores, the island of Terceira to be exact, and we decided it would be great fun to do a mystery dinner for entertainment. (Fun is hard to come by on this island.) We are all military or are a military spouse here and we needed to do something different!!

We have our own TV Station here (AFN) and one of the girls who works there and a man that works in our public affairs office emceed the mystery for us and they were a blast!!

We held our dinner 2 weeks ago and 147 people attended!! Of course we only had 37 people play parts but we had 110 spectators. They were all enthralled by the concept of a mystery dinner!

We gave these great bottles of wine with wine charms and wine glasses to the table that solved the mystery.

People are still talking about it! It was a huge success! Thank you for writing such a great mystery and supplying us with a great night of fun, these people came out just for the price of a dinner (the cost the club here charged us) and loved every minute of it!

We want to try to do a fundraiser like this some day (with a different mystery of course) now that we know how well this one was attended. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Linette K. Hollandsworth"

Jonathan D. Hathaway, USA

"We had 25 people reserved and over 50 came and I am still hearing how much fun everyone had.

Thanks to you and your easy party kits ours was a success. They want to do it again next year.

Jonathan D. Hathaway"

Carol Valentine, Australia

"Dear Stephanie,

Luck of the Irish was an appropriate choice as it was only a few days before St. Patrick's Day. It is the second "Merri Mystery" I have organized for my Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Gawler Light, in South Australia.

The entertainment area in my house is set up like an old English pub, so it was easy to turn it into O'Toole's Irish Pub for the evening.

We had 32 participants and everyone had an absolute ball. We had green beer, stout (my husband is a home brewer) and Baileys Irish cream. I cooked Irish stew which I served with Irish soda bread and followed it with Irish sugar cookies. We even had a crock of chocolate gold coins and gave miniature bottles of Baileys Irish Cream for prizes.

Some of the Irish accents that were heard were absolutely hilarious as we had guests who were Scottish, Indian, Danish and from the north of England!
Thank you for making the game so easy to follow, our club enjoyed a wonderful night of fellowship and we are all looking forward to the next one.

France and Tad Mitchell, USA

Here is France's photo of her decorations at her "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

A photo of France's Kissing The Blarney Stone decorations for her The Luck Of The Irish party

Kissing The Blarney Stone decorations

France Mitchell sent in this feedback about her "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

"We all had a great time. The King and Queen's last name was so hard for everyone to say that everyone had their own way of saying it. By Act three we were laughing so hard anytime someone mentioned Laoghaire.

It was clean that was nice to see. We had a lot of fun. Thanks for writing this Irish Mystery.


Here is France's photo of her husband Tad playing King Desmond Laoghaire at her "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

A photo of Tad playing King Laoghaire for The Luck Of The Irish party
King Desmond Laoghaire

Tad Mitchell sent in this feedback about "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

"I had a great time. We had lots of laughs."

Mike and Jennifer Thoreson, USA

Mike and Jennifer sent in this feedback about their "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

"We had a great time, and we will definitely do this again!!"

  A group photo from Mike and Jennifer's Luck Of The Irish party

Delores Page, USA

Delores Page sent in this feedback:

"We had our The Luck Of The Irish party last Monday with 25 present..all Sr. citizens, and I was amazed at the energy and enthusiasm it generated. (with a little prodding by the ladies).........(guys!...)..........thanks for your good advice and prompt attention to my previous plight........I made a model of Gilroy Castle out of a long box on end, surrounded it with rough Christmas bough greenery and some weathered barren "trees" and roots.. made two ramp like bridges across a tinsel stream covered with blue covered my round coffee tabletop..and we did add a "Clancy's Pub" out of a tablecloth draped ironing board. for atmosphere..............the gold "coins" were old poker chips sprayed with gilt paint and kept in a green net bag...and lots of prizes..including some SHAMrocks, taken from our roadside and sprayed green.....I considered dyeing an "Erin go Bra" flopper-stopper, but ran out of Time. ...........and an "Emerald Ripple" houseplant.......Queen Mona's robe was a gold chenille bedspread, and she wore every rhinestone bit of jewelry she could find......Empty walmart bags filled the bulging chest, stomach and hips of Una the frog...they were tucked into a baggy pair of bloomers, and felt frog feet covered the top of my shoes..........There was even a map with graphics on a wall with the clues tacked on the board for review.......Thanks for a memorable day!"

Norman Sterling, USA

Norman sent in this feedback:

"Our annual St Paddys bash was a huge hit. This year we used your Luck Of The Irish mystery which I purchased for the event. We had over 30 participants and as you can see from the photos we used a suspect board and some additional "challenges" to make them earn clues.... We even created the "crime scene" in our front yard! As you can see they all got into the "dress for your part" instructions!!

Norman Sterling"

Here is a photo from Norman's "The Luck Of The Irish" party:

A photo from Normans The Luck Of The Irish party

Definitions of some Irish terms and some information about Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick was born in England but was taken as a slave to Ireland as a youth. While he was in Ireland, he received his calling from God. Later he escaped from slavery and eventually he became a priest. He returned to Ireland and spent over thirty years there converting people to Christianity. He gained the attention of King Laoghaire by lighting a fire on the Hill of Slane just as the King was about to light a fire for a pagan ceremonial bonfire. This fulfilled a prophecy that the keeper of a rival flame would come to this area and eclipse their power forever.

Saint Patrick explained the Holy Trinity (ie the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost) to King Laoghaire using a three-leaved plant (possibly a clover leaf) and gained his support.

In Ireland there are various places that are considered healing because Saint Patrick spent time there. For example, the wells in Struell are said to be therapeutic because Saint Patrick used to bathe there.

Dunseverick Castle in Antrim is special because Saint Patrick is said to have ordained St Olcan there.

Nowadays Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in various areas where Irish people have moved to and it is general celebrations of all that is Irish. People often wear green.

Some other Irish terms:

Leprechaun: In Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little sprite or goblin. Sometimes ordinary Irishmen and women are also called leprechauns. A sprite is an elf, fairy or goblin. A goblin is a grotesque, mischievous sprite or elf.

Shamrock: A plant with three leaves believed to have been used by Saint Patrick to symbolise the Trinity (ie father, son and the holy ghost). Most people think it was white clover, but it could have been wood sorrel or lesser yellow trefoil.

Blarney Stone: A stone in Blarney Castle near Cork in Ireland said to give anyone who kisses it skills in flattering others.

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