Editor’s Note: In 1964 in Liverpool crowds of children claimed that they had seen leprechauns. For more on this bizarre case, Strange History and Magonia. Perhaps the most important thing to remember in any brief overview is that Liverpool had a strong Irish immigrant presence. Here is one adult who remembers according to a letter in the Liverpool Echo 15 October 2009:
I certainly [remember leprechauns], and I actually saw a few of them on Kensington Fields, close to the library, but my parents and other adults tried to convince me that I”d been seeing things. This would be one afternoon in early July 1964, around 4.30pm, and I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was 10 at the time and on my way to play football with my mates and saw these little (Id say just a few inches tall) men dressed in red and black, standing in the grass, looking at me. I’m sure one of them had some type of hat on. I panicked and ran all the way home. My mum said there had been reports of leprechauns and little men on Jubilee Drive and Edge Lane the day before. That same evening crowds turned up on Jubilee Drive, and I remember a girl with a jam jar that she was going to put the leprechauns in!