Slither along to the gaol for snake hunt
Legend may have it that St. Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland but some slithery serpents have made a return to local shores and have made a home for themselves in Wicklow Gaol.
A snake charmer and real live python will greet visitors to Wicklow Gaol this St. Patrick's weekend, on both Sunday and Monday (March 16 and 17).
Fluff the python and her loving owner Bex will take up residence in the Gaol on St. Patrick's Day from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., just before the town's parade gets underway at 3 p.m..
Families are invited to take part in two exciting snake hunts taking place at 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday March 16 and Monday March 17. The team at the Gaol will be looking for help to find a series of colourful (pretend) reptile friends hiding in dark corners throughout the building - with plenty of prizes for the most talented snake hunters.
Sunday is perhaps the best option for the less adventurous - the hidden snakes are just pretend and the real live python will be making his exclusive appearance on the Monday only!
The event also features the little-known tale of St. Patrick's brief trip to Wicklow's shores. Ireland's patron saint left very quickly when the locals started throwing stones at him. He sent St. Manntain back to spread the word - and so Cill Manntain, or Wicklow 'as Gaeilge' came to be.
Family price to visit the gaol or take part in one of the snake hunts is €19. Standard visitor prices apply to come say hello to the adorable Fluff.
For further details, see: www.wicklowshistoricgaol.com or call (0404) 61599.