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The Luck Of The Irish

The King of the Leprechauns Roy Gilroy has had his pot of gold stolen. Who was the devious thief?

Reading level: 6

Perfect for Saint Patrick's Day parties or anytime!
Optional "murder" version sometimes included. The school version comes with teacher's notes. It could be used for up to 90 guests if the additional guests just dress in green.

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.

Definitions of some 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.

Versions and samples:

  • Standard flexible version for 10 to 16 guests guests (mystery & murder versions) ($29.95):
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  • Play for 10-16 guests (mystery not murder) ($29.95):
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  • School play for 10-30 guests (mystery not murder) ($39.95):
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  • Meet and mingle for 17-30 guests (mystery & murder versions) ($39.95):
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  • Meet and mingle for 17-50 guests (mystery & murder versions) ($49.95):
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