Exile #2 had to collect Exile #3 from school around lunchtime but early reports of fevers etc. seemed to have given way to a nasty headache (possibly migraine-like) which responded well to drugs.
I don't suspect any ulterior motive, but the early departure from school did give her longer to devote to the all-important leprechaun trap. It was all new to us last year, but we are old-hands now.
This year's model features a cunning hat-disguise, a rather attractive ladder, bait in the form of shoe-making supplies (since it seems that they are cobblers like their German cousins).
All in all, I would say that if this trap doesn't catch a leprechaun tonight then nothing will, but in any case I suspect that secretly the kids are hoping for another failed attempt with a chocolate coin consolation!