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Dawn Coolahan's workday starts when she loads her minivan with six-foot plywood cards of gorillas, teddy bears and girls popping out of cakes -- and miniature gravestones, too.

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Taken from the New Statesman archive, 5 November 1965 Brophy (1929-95) was a frequent contributor to the New Statesman in this period. Not long ago she would have needed no introduction: a novelist and critic, she was also a campaigner for human rights, animal rights and the rights of authors.

Control the hole 
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Don't just fill it... By Hollis Gillespie.

Now, a Jacko Leprechaun costume for Halloween! 
New Kerala - Sep 27 11:14 PM
Washington, Sept 28: Inspired by pop singer Michael Jackson's fascination for Leprechauns and his desire to open a theme park in Ireland, the Abracadabra superstore in New York has unveiled a new Michael Jackson "Leprechaun" Halloween costume.




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This article is about the creature in Irish mythology. For manifestations in popular culture, see Leprechauns in popular culture.
A modern stereotypical depiction of a Leprechaun of the type leprachauns popularised in the 20th Century.

In Irish mythology, a leprechans leprechaun (Modern Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They leperchauns are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology and folklore, leprechuans as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other leprecauns quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

Leprechauns and other creatures of Irish mythology leprchauns are often associated with "faerie forts" or "faerie rings" — often the sites lepechauns of ancient (Celtic or pre-Celtic) earthworks or leprecahuns drumlins.

They usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief. Their trade is that of a leprehauns cobbler or shoemaker. They are said to be lepreechauns very rich, having many treasure crocks buried during war-time. [1] According keprechauns to legend, if anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the eye leprechuns is withdrawn he vanishes.


  • 1 Etymology
  • 2 Mythology
    • 2.1 Examples leprechaun leprechauns of tales involving leprechauns
  • 3 Appearance
  • 4 Related irish leprechaun creatures
  • 5 In politics
  • 6 Popular culture
  • 7 See also
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 Further leprechaun clipart reading
  • 10 External leprechaun tattoos links


There are cartoon leprechaun a number of possible etymologies of the name "leprechaun". One of the most widely accepted theories is notre dame leprechaun that the name comes from the Irish Gaelic word leipreachán, defined lucky the leprechaun by Dinneen as "a pigmy, a sprite, a leprechaun; for luchorpán"; the latter word Dinneen leprechaun 2 defines as "a pigmy, a leprechaun; 'a kind of aqueous sprite'";[2] this word leprechaun pictures has also been identified as meaning "half-bodied", or "small-bodied". This is the etymology given in the leprechauns pot of gold Collins English Dictionary.[3]

An alternative derivation for the name, and the one quoted by the Oxford English Dictionary, is leath bhrógan, meaning shoe-maker leprechaun mobile — the leprechaun is known as the fairy shoemaker of Ireland and is often portrayed working on leprechaun 3 a single shoe.[4]

A leprechaun counts leprechaun the movie his gold, in this engraving circa 1900.

Another derivation has the word "leprechaun" deriving from luch-chromain, meaning "little stooping mobile leprechaun Lugh", Lugh being the name of a leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann.[5]

The word leprechaun was first recorded used in the English language in 1604 leprechaun graphics in Middleton and Dekker's The Honest Whore as lubrican. The original meaning was of leprechaun tattoo some kind of spirit leprechaun costumes and not specifically associated with the Irish mythological character:[6]

"As for your leprechauns real Irish Lubrican, that spirit
Whom by preposterous charms thy lust has raised." magical legend of the leprechauns [7]

Some alternative spellings of the word leprechaun that have been used throughout the ages are; leprechawn, lepracaun and lubberkin. The word leprehaun has irish leprechauns also been used.


Leprechauns rarely appear in what would be classed as leprechaun design a folk tale; in leprechaun in a tree almost all cases the interest of these stories centres round a human hero. Stories about leprechauns are generally leprechaun in the hood very brief and generally have local names and coachman leprechaun scenery attached to them. The tales are usually told conversationally as any other occurrence might be told, whereas there is leprechaun 4: in space a certain solemnity about the repetition of a folk-tale leprechaun vs pinhead proper.

In most tales and stories leprechauns are lucky charms leprechaun depicted as generally harmless creatures who enjoy solitude and live in remote locations, the leprechaun although opinion is divided as to if they ever enjoy the company of other spirits. Although rarely seen in social halloween costume leprechaun situations, leprechauns are supposedly very well spoken and, if ever spoken to, could make good leprechaun dimmer conversation.

A leprechaun is shown pictures of leprechauns crafting shoes in this Engraving made in 1858. In leprechaun movie previous years leprechauns had a less homogenised appearance.

Among the most popular of beliefs about leprechauns is that they are extremely leprechaun shoes wealthy and like to hide their gold in secret locations, which can only be evil leprechaun costume pattern revealed if a person were to actually irish history about the shamrock and leprechauns capture and interrogate a leprechaun for its money.

By nature, leprechaun dvd leprechauns are said to be ill-natured and mischievous, with a mind for cunning. Many tales present the leprechaun with his pot of gold leprechaun as outwitting a human, as in the following pics of leprechauns examples.

Examples of tales involving leprechauns

A farmer or young lad captures a leprechaun st. patrick's day costumes, leprechaun and forces him to reveal the location of his buried treasure. tattoo designs of leprechauns The leprechaun assures him that the treasure is buried in an open field alabama leprechaun beneath a particular ragwort plant. The farmer ties a red ribbon to the plant, first extracting a promise from catch a leprechaun the leprechaun not to remove the ribbon. Releasing the leprechaun, land of leprechauns he leaves to get a shovel. Upon his return he finds that every weed in the field has leprechaun action figure been tied with an identical leprechaun christmas stocking red ribbon, thus making it impossible to find the treasure.[8] [9]

In another story, a young girl finds a leprechaun and bids him show her leprechaun gif the location of his buried money. She takes him up in leprechauns and what they look like her hand and sets out to find the treasure, but all of a leprechauns facts sudden she hears a loud buzzing behind her. The leprechaun shouts at her that she is picture of a leprechaun being chased by a swarm of bees, but clipart leprechaun when she looks around there are no bees and the leprechaun has vanished. [10]

In other stories they are told of riding shepherds' dogs through the night, leaving the dogs exhausted and dirty in happy leprechaun the morning.


The leprechaun originally had a different appearance depending on where leprechaun cartoon in Ireland he was found.[11] Prior leprechaun irish fairy to the 20th century, it was generally agreed that the leprechaun wore red and leprechaun jokes not green. Samuel Lover, writing in the 1831 describes leprechauns with gold picture the leprechaun as,

... quite a beau in his dress, notwithstanding, for he wears a red square-cut magical legend of l leprechauns coat, richly laced with gold, waistcoat and inexpressible of the same, cocked hat, shoes and buckles. rory mcdonnell and the leprechaun [12]

Yeats, in his 1888 book entitled Fairy and Folk Tales of the the magical legend of the leprechauns Irish Peasantry describes the leprechaun fire fighting leprechaun as follows:

He is something of a dandy, and dresses in a red coat with leprechaun costume pattern seven rows of buttons, seven buttons on each row, and wears leprechaun images a cocked-hat, upon whose pointed end he is wont in the leprechaun lifesavers north-eastern counties, according to McAnally, to spin like a top when the fit seizes him.[13]

In a poem entitled The Lepracaun; or, Fairy Shoemaker, the 18th century Irish poet William Allingham describes leprechaun video the appearance of the leprechaun as:

A cluricaun with a jug of wine. The cluricaun is often confused with the leprechaun.
...A wrinkled, lil flip leprechaun wizen'd, and bearded Elf,
Spectacles stuck on his pointed nose,
Silver buckles to his hose,
Leather apron lucky leprechaun - shoe in his lap... [14]

Some commentators accuse Allingham of leaving the legacy of the modern image of the leprechaun described below. [15]

The modern image of the leprechaun is almost invariant: he is depicted crazy leprechaun pics wearing an emerald green frock coat, and bestowed with the knowledge of drunk leprechaun the location of early aniston films leprechaun buried treasure, often in a crock of gold.

Related creatures

The leprechaun is related to the clurichaun and the girl leprechaun far darrig in that he lady leprechaun is a solitary creature. Some writers even go as far as to substitute these second two largest leprechaun less well-known spirits for the leprechaun in stories or tales to reach a wider audience. The cluricaun is considered by some to be leprechaun alabama merely a leprechaun leprechaun and pot of gold on a spree [16].

In politics

In the politics of the Republic of leprechaun beer Ireland, leprechauns have been used to refer to the twee aspects of the leprechaun clip art tourist industry in Ireland [17] [18]. This leprechaun days can be seen from this example of John A. Costello addressing the Oireachtas in 1963:

For many leprechaun fun years, we were afflicted with the miserable leprechaun house trivialities of our tourist advertising. Sometimes it descended to the lowest depths, leprechaun in space to the caubeen and the shillelagh, not to speak of the leprechaun. leprechaun mugs [19]

Leprechauns have also been used in jokes regarding fiscal irresponsibility, the idea being that the politician or political party being attacked leprechaun myths has found a pot of gold, or leprechaun outfit is going to ask a leprechaun for the location of such a pot, accommodating their spending.

The term leprechaun pics leprechaun language, used by some Unionists in Northern Ireland, is a pejorative leprechaun tales for the Irish language. [20]

Popular culture

Main article: Leprechauns in popular culture

Movies, television cartoons and advertising have popularized a specific image of leprechauns which bears lil' flip: the leprechaun miss leprechaun scant resemblance to anything found in the cycles of Irish mythology. Many Irish people find the popularised image of a leprechaun pics lucky charms leprechaun to be little more than a rosemount minnesota leprechaun days series of offensive Irish stereotypes and a trivialisation of Ireland's rich and ancient culture.

The stereotypical image scary leprechauns of a leprechaun bedecked in green is particularly strong in the United what is the origin of the leprechaun States, where it is widely used for a variety of purposes, both commercial 1940s leprechaun cartoon and non-commercial.

See also

Wikisource calgary leprechaun hack has original text related to this article:
Wikimedia cartoon drawings of leprechauns Commons has media related to:
  • Clurichaun ("cousin" of the Leprechaun)
  • Far darrig
  • Kallikantzaros
  • Menehune
  • Sprite (creature)
  • Cultural appropriation


  1.   From chucky vs leprechaun Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.
  2.   Dinneen, Patrick, Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla, Dublin: chucky vs. leprechaun dancing leprechaun Irish Texts Society, 1927
  3.   Hanks, Patrick, ed. Collins Dictionary of the English Language, London: William Collins Sons famous leprechauns & Co. Ltd, 1979
  4.   Oxford good leprechaun English Dictionary (full ed.) (1989).
  5.   Ireland Now - The Leprechauns.
  6.   Oxford English Dictionary graphics leprechaun (full ed.) (1989).
  7.   The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley high leprechauns - Ireland
  8.   The Field of Boliauns - history of the leprechaun A typical tale involving a leprechaun printed in the 1800s.
  9.   Clever Tom and the irish leprechaun pictures Leprechaun
  10.   The Leprechaun in the Garden
  11.   Little Guy Style
  12.   From Legends and Stories of Ireland
  13.   From Beside the leprechaun 2 movie clips Fire
  14.   William Allingham - The Leprechaun
  15.   Criticism of William leprechaun ash tree Allingham's The Fairies
  16.   Dáil Éireann - Volume 233 - 21 March, 1968 - Ceisteanna—Questions. leprechaun back to the hood Oral Answers. - American Air Tourists
  17.   Dáil Éireann - leprechaun coloring pages Volume 495 - 20 October, 1998 - Tourist Traffic Bill, 1998: Second leprechaun consulting Stage.
  18.   Dáil Éireann - Volume 206 - 11 December, 1963 Committee on Finance. - leprechaun figure Vote 13—An Chomhairle Ealaoín.
  19.   Dáil leprechaun head Éireann - Volume 206 - 11 December, 1963 Committee on Finance. - Vote 13—An Chomhairle Ealaoín.
  20.   Republican Sinn leprechaun heads Féin - AN GHAEILGE Why leprechaun horror it is so important

Further reading

  • Croker, T. C. (1862) Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland
  • Yeats, W. B. (1888) leprechaun in mobile, alabama Fairy and Folk leprechaun in tree t-shirt Tales of the Irish Peasantry — available online here
  • McAnally, D. R. (1900) The Leprechawn
  • Lover, S. leprechaun on a shroom tattoo (1831) Legends and Stories of Ireland — available online here
  • Hyde, D. (1910) Beside The Fire — available online here
  • Keightley, T. (1870) The Fairy leprechaun rap Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various leprechaun statues Countries — available online here
  • Wilde, F. S. leprechaun tatoo (1887) Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland — available online leprechaun with football here

External links

  • The Leprechaun Companion (an illustrated guide)
  • Examples of leprechaun writing paper Leprechaun tattoos
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