At the End of the Rainbow

At the End of the Rainbow

At the End of the Rainbow

Once upon a time on a big island called Ireland, you could find little bearded men with green coats and hats. These little bearded men were called leprechauns and were famous for their hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If somebody could capture a leprechaun, the leprechaun offered three wishes for his freedom. They were also known for their mischievous behavior all over the country, but besides shoe-making, their favorite thing to do was to dance and make music.

You might wonder, why I started this like a fairytale? Well, what most people don’t know is, that leprechauns are one of seven kinds of big fairies (there are possibly more than hundred types of fairies). The other big ones are: Banshees, Boggarts, Brownies, Gremlins, Hikey Sprites and Pixies. I was always sure leprechauns have to be gnomes or kobolds (just judging by their visual appearance) but the fact that they are fairies opened a whole new world for me.

The name and pronunciation

The name leprechaun [ˈleprəkɔːn] comes from the Irish leipreachán. This is probably a mix of the Middle Irish luchrupán and the Old Irish luchorpán. The origin of leprechauns is not totally clear, but they already appeared in stories more than a thousand years ago.

Free time activities

They are supposed to live in hidden underground caves far away from humans. There, they make music and hold Ceilis (traditional Irish dances). After dancing so much they often need new shoes, therefore they are good shoe-maker.

Leprechaun Museum

If you are interested in leprechauns you can always go to the National Leprechaun Museum here in Dublin on Jervis Street. You can go on day or night time tours with a storyteller guide who will tell you more about the Irish folklore and mythology.

I wish you a nice week and good weather.

Enjoy the leprechauns! Enjoy your time in Dublin!

 

Sources

Wikipedia
Your Irish
Leprechaun Museum