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May 26, 2009

Ashford Castle Launches New Kid’s Program

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Ireland has long been known as the land of legend and mystery, and Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most renowned castle-hotels, is located precisely where the myths (…or true stories?) of both fairies and leprechauns originated. To share this mystical history with its guests, Ashford Castle has created a special, two-night family program geared towards children – as well as the other little ones…the fairies and leprechauns, of course!

The Myths of Ashford Castle: Fairies & Leprechauns begins in the Drawing Room, where local historian Mick May tells children a tale about, you guessed it, fairies and leprechauns. Children are then given a special leprechaun hat to wear throughout the day, and the group sets off for a treasure hunt in search of a pot of gold – eventually finding one filled with gold-covered chocolate coins. All children receive a four-leaf clover shamrock necklace for good luck as well as a book on Ashford Castle’s myths, including myths of, you guessed it again, fairies and leprechauns. The day ends with a special hot chocolate in the Drawing Room.

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