Finding Faerie Coins in Ireland – A Game to Play with Your Kids

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It’s pretty much a given that a 18 month old and a 3 year old don’t care a bit about nature or history and even castles get dull after you’ve explored a few.

I found an easy way to keep the girls occupied when they were getting a bit bored.

Ireland is filled with faeries, you see. Magical little creatures who live in the gardens and woodlands. They are beautiful, but quite shy. So shy, in fact, that they will hide before you see them. But faeries also want humans to know that they exist. So before they hide they leave a shiny coin (Euros are great for this as the 1 cent piece is tiny).

The faeries first came out while we were visiting Torc Waterfall outside Killarney.

But after the girls figured out what they were up to they found faeries everywhere- in gardens, at castles and even, once or twice, on the street outside pubs.
Luckily two sweet faeries over came their shyness and accompanied us home to Iowa.

Irish Faeries
Irish Faeries


The girls ask to play with their faerie money often and remember how much fun they had searching Ireland for signs of faeries.

(This post was originally published at my Family Rambling website.)

Jody Halsted
Follow Along


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    What a wonderful video clip and what wonderful memories for the children! Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing,

      Thanks for your comment, Cammy. This is one of my favorite memories of Ireland.

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