Classic Arcade Game: “Leprechaun” or “Pot of Gold”

I was wracking my brain last night trying to think of a video game that was appropriate to discuss this St. Patrick’s Day. I had a vague recollection of a video game which had a Leprechaun as the antagonist, but for the life of me, I could not remember much else about it. So this morning I did some sleuthing and found the game, Pot of Gold in my MAME folder. This rang a bell and seemed vaguely Leprechaunish, so I fired it up. This was the game! A quick search revealed that the game was distributed under as Leprechaun AND Pot of Gold. The arcade near my house had one branded as the former.

leprechaun arcade flyer

The objective in Leprechaun is to move around a magical forest and retrieve a pot of gold. While moving towards it you touch trees which change color and act as bonuses for when you finally get the treasure. Sounds pretty simple right? Well, not so fast Finnegan, because a quick moving Leprechaun is out there to thwart you. He will move across the screen removing your bonus trees and even moving his pot of gold.

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Leprechaun is a real treat to play and the perfect retro video game accompaniment for St. Patrick’s Day. So why not pick yourself up a Shamrock Shake, fire up MAME, and play a little Leprechaun today.

Pretty Irish Girl

Sean Connery Sings “Pretty Irish Girl”

Sean Connery is not be the greatest singer and that is exactly what makes his version of “Pretty Irish Girl” so entertaining. This performance is from “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” which I loved when I was a kid. Every year on March 17th, I try and watch this and “The Quiet Man.”

“Darby O’Gill and the Little People” is over the top retro Disney fun. Filled with silly action and light comedy, it would work very well as Disney animation. While the scenes with the banshee are my favorite, this musical moment with Sean is a close second.

So grab something green and lets sing-a-long together.

Watch Sean Connery sing “Pretty Irish Girl”

“Pretty Irish Girl” Lyrics

Have you ever seen the seagulls
Ah flyin’ over heather
Or the crimson sails
On Goey Bay
The fishermen unfurl

The earth is filled with beauty
And its gathered all together
In the form and face and dainty grace
Of a pretty Irish girl

Oh she is my dear and darlin’ one
Her eyes are sparklin’ full of fun
No other, no other
Could match the likes of her

Oh she is my dear my darlin’ one
My smilin’ and beguilin’ one
I love the ground she walks upon
My darling Irish girl

Feeling Irish enough? OK, I’ll meet you all at the pub tonight and we will enjoy a pint or two. Just make sure to beware of the Banshee!

Lucky Charms’ Fun Facts and Commercials

Lucky Charms has been a shameless part of my St. Patrick’s Day celebrating since I was a kid. As I poured myself a heaping bowl this morning, I thought I would throw together a collection of some interesting facts about the most magically delicious cereal (along with my favorite commercials, of course).

Fun Facts

  • The spokes-leprechaun who is now known as “Lucky the Leprechaun” or sometimes as “Sir Charms” was originally called L.C. Leprechaun.
  • Lucky was created the year that the cereal was conceived, 1963.
  • Lucky Charms were invented in 1963 by Paul Bunyon. He was a new project manager who answered General Mill’s call to find out what to do with their abundance of Cheerios. Bunyon’s idea was to mix Cheerios with chopped up Kraft Circus Peanuts.
  • Lucky Charms was not originally sugar coated. At launch they got their sweetness from the marshmallows. When the cereal underperformed they just added sugar – sales quickly increased.
  • The Lucky Charms’ marshmallows are referred to as Marbits by the folks at General Mills. Marbits were invented by John Holahan in 1963
  • Actor Arthur Anderson was the voice of Lucky from 1963-1992.
  • The first Lucky Charms’ commercial was made by Mill Melendez of Peanuts fame.
  • In 1975, Lucky was replaced briefly by Waldo the Wizard. Public outcry returned Lucky to his rightful place as spokes-leprechaun.

The Marshmallow Line-Up
When Lucky Charms was launched it had 4 marshmallow (marbit) shapes. They were pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The lineup has changed often over the years, with marshmallow sizes and colors changing frequently. Here is a list of when certain marbits made their first appearances:

  • 1975 – Blue Diamonds
  • 1984 – Purple Horseshoes
  • 1986 – Whales
  • 1989 – Red Balloons
  • 1992 – Rainbows
  • 1994 – Pots of Gold
  • 1996 – Leprechaun Hats
  • 1998 – Shooting Stars
  • 1999 – Man in the Moons
  • 2005 – Hidden Key
  • 2006 – Magic Mirror
  • 2008 – Hourglasses

Theme Song
Lucky Charms has a simple theme song that I think you all know

Frosted Lucky Charms,
They’re magically delicious!

Now onto the commercials…

First Lucky Charms Commercial

Lucky Hides in the Arcade

Lucky Hides in a Giant Computer

Four Leaf Clover Charm