A GREAT-grandmother from Kirkintilloch had a magical experience when she helped break a world record for the greatest number of leprechauns gathered in one place!
Mary McLernon set another record on the day – the oldest leprechaun taking part at 79 years young!
The spritely pensioner from Kirkintilloch was visiting daughter Tricia and friends in Kinsale, Ireland, when she heard about the record-breaking bid in Bandon, County Cork.
Mary said: “Originally I was going to wear a green top hat just for a laugh but, as if by magic, I found myself kitted out in the full leprechaun regalia.
“Given it’s Olympic year and I’m not going to win any medals, I thought a crock of gold was the next best thing.”
Daughter Tricia said: “No-one could believe she was the oldest there. Our mum doesn’t look her age and she certainly doesn’t act it.
“Everyone in Kinsale thinks it’s hilarious and have renamed her Mrs McLeprechaun. She’s already been invited back to take part in next year’s parade.”
Mary has two daughters, two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
* Leprechauns are mischievous elves in Irish folklore who spend their time busily making shoes and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
If ever captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release.
(Please note – Mary is not a real leprechaun. Capturing her will not secure you three wishes, however, it may well secure you a ‘spell’ ... in a police cell!)