IRELAND: FAIRIES AND LEPRECHAUNS Fairies and leprechauns, or little people, play major roles in Irish folk tales.  Fairies were said to dwell in mounds of earth and it was commonly believed that touching one of these brought bad luck.  Even today, many Irish farmers leave mounds untouched.  Leprechauns, on the other hand, were said to bring good luck.  If you catch them they would lead you to a pot of gold, but if you took your eyes off of them, they would disappear. One of the most frightening spirits in Irish folk tales is the banshee.  If you should hear her wail in the night, it is a sign that someone within your house will soon die. 1. Denny and Darby are 2 brother leprechauns.  They are having an argument about whose pot of gold is worth more.  Denny has found a pot with 316 coins made of 24 karat gold.  Darby has found a pot with 421 coins made of 18 karat gold.  Whose pot is worth more (has the most karats)? 2. Eamonn the Leprechaun has a pot of gold coins.  Use the clues to figure out how many coins he has. It is a 4 digit number less than 2000. The hundreds digit is 3 times the ones digit. The tens digit is one less than the hundreds digit. The 4 digits add up to 21. 3. Sweeney and Casey are 2 leprechauns.  Together they have hidden 192 coins. Casey has hidden 3 times as many coins as Sweeney.  How many have they each hidden? 4. Find the pot of gold.  You will need graph paper.  Draw the coordinate plane.  Connect these ordered pairs in the order given.  Then find the coordinates of the center.  That is where the pot of gold is hidden. (2 , 3)    (2 , -7)    (-8 , -7)    (-8 , 3) 5. Superstitious Farmer O'Leary was told a fairy could be on the strip he is about to dig.  He is planning on digging a hole every foot for 60 feet to plant potatoes.  The only thing he was told was to be aware of any number that is a common multiple of 3, 5, and 6.  How many times does he have to avoid digging a hole for fear of touching a fairy and bringing bad luck? Fairies and Leprechauns Solutions Back to Melting Pot Math