Since St Patrick got rid of the snakes, it's not often that our young folk get the chance to see -- and even touch -- a live one.
So school children taking part in Science Week grabbed the opportunity with both hands yesterday.
They turned up in their droves at Waterford Institute of Technology's main campus to be treated to the sight and touch of spiders, snakes, lizards, scorpions and even a tarantula.
Nerves? There were a few but, according to organiser Dave Griffin of Dave's Jungle in Tullow, Co. Carlow, too few to bother mentioning.
"The tarantula is usually a good gauge and most of them held one. Before long they had tarantulas on their heads," he said afterwards.
"They were very good with the snakes too, very few of them didn't hold the snakes."
About 150 children from various schools got the chance to experience the creatures first-hand.
- Conor Kane
Thursday November 12 2009