In an attempt to forestall the complete extinction of the species, the National Mythical Alliance has lobbied the Irish Government to protect the nation's remaining Leprechauns.
The little people will be tranquilized by rifle darts, tagged with radio beacons and returned to their wild hiding places.
The method will ensure that the keepers of the rainbows and their attendant pots-o-gold will live on for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
Unfortunately, Mini Me(the actor)was captured in the initial round-up Saturday and tagged before park rangers realized the fellow was a height-challenged human.
Me threatened a lawsuit and was only placated after being promised an acting part in the upcoming National Geographic special: "Super Short People,the World's Answer to the Energy Crisis".
Me said, "They shot me! We aren't like them, so they are out to get me! They'd be in trouble if there were many more of me!" Large traps for the wee folk have been baited with corn beef and cabbage.
The round-up will continue throughout the year breaking only for St. Patrick's day and airings of "Britain's Got Talent," watching of which is the U.K.'s favorite pastime next to hunting Leprechauns.