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The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold is a 1981 animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass, featuring the vocal talent of Art Carney.



Young Dinty Doyle digs up a pine tree on an uncharted Island where leprechauns live. Unfortunately, he unintentionally releases Old Mag the Hag, a banshee seeking gold before Christmas. Now Blarney Kilakilarney's gold is out in the open. Can Dinty keep Mag from taking the gold for her own purpose?



  • Arthur Rankin stated in an interview that during the holiday season when the special first aired, a promotion was planned where prizes would be buried in random places throughout the United States for children to dig up. This was scrapped because of safety concerns.

Broadcast history and availability

The special is first made available on the Double Feature VHS, pairing up with Frosty's Winter Wonderland, released in 1985 by Vestron's sub-label Lightning Video. After Vestron's went backrupt and Warner Bros. acquiring the distribution rights to the post-1973 Rankin/Bass specials, Warner Home Video released The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold on VHS in 1993. Currently, the special has never had its own individual DVD release, but it was made available on Warner's Classic Christmas Favorites DVD box set in 2008, and on the Santa's Magical Stories box set in 2011, both times sharing a disc with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Its most recent DVD release was in the Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection manufacture-on-demand DVD, released by Warner Archive on July 30, 2012.

The special was aired as part of ABC Family's annual 25 Days of Christmas programming block from 1999 to 2010. As with all the Rankin/Bass specials that were broadcast there, it moved to AMC's own programming event, Best Christmas Ever, in 2018.


Voice actor/actress Character
Art Carney Blarney Kilakilarney
Peggy Cass Faye
Bob McFadden Old Mag the Hag
Lord of the Leprechauns
Ken Jennings Dinty Doyle
Gerry Matthews unknown
Christine Mitchell Colleen
Glynis Bieg Girl
Frankie Moronski Boy
Aidan Nicolle (uncredited) unknown


External links

Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCricket on the HearthThe Little Drummer BoyFrosty the SnowmanSanta Claus is Comin' to Town • "A Christmas Tree" • 'Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe Year Without a Santa ClausThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas SnowFrosty's Winter WonderlandRudolph's Shiny New YearThe Little Drummer Boy, Book IINestor, the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyThe Stingiest Man in TownRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in JulyJack FrostPinocchio's ChristmasThe Leprechauns' Christmas GoldThe Life and Adventures of Santa ClausSanta, Baby!