According to the legend the Leprechauns (Leipreachàn in Irish) are part of the faerie folk, also called the “wee (=little) folk”. Leprechauns in fact are so small they could comfortably sit on your shoulder! 😉
Leprechauns are usually ugly creatures, very unfriendly, who live alone.
They are usually dressed in red or green, with a pointed hat on their heads, carrying two gold coins in their hands: one is a magic coin that always returns to you after you have spent it, the other is a coin which turns into a rock (or sometimes to ashes!!!) as soon as you spend it.
Leprechauns are also good musicians: they can play the harp and other Irish traditional instruments, and often spend their nights playing, dancing and drinking. The leprechauns in fact love drinking Poteen (moonshine) and smoking stinky pipes called ‘dudeens’.
They are shoe-makers for the fairies. They make the most beautiful little shoes for them. They use tiny hammers and nails and usually whistle while working. So if you are walking somewhere in Ireland and hear whistling and the sound of a small hammer, well, it’s probably a leprechaun!!! 🙂
But Leprechauns are world-wide famous for their pot of gold, hidden, so the legend says, “at the end of the rainbow”…
It is said that if you catch a Leprechaun, he will give you all his gold. You must threaten him and oblige him to give you his pot of gold. Some leprechaun may also grant you the fulfilling of three wishes. However, be very very careful, as they are very intelligent, tricky and incredibly good at telling lies… and also remember that you must never lose eye contact with him, or he will disappear in the blink of an eye!!!