The word leprechaun comes from the Irish Lú Chorpain meaning small body.
What is a leprechaun?
The leprechaun is a character of Irish Mythology. He is about 2'6" (75cm) tall. He is very rich but extremely tricky and if you catch one don't take your eyes off him, or he will disappear! He is a very slick talker and loves a bit of fun.
Where do leprechauns live?
Leprechauns live in a secluded spot, usually a small hole in the ground, where he has a comfortable little home.
Where did the leprechaun come from?
Leprechauns came from a mythical land under the sea and when they arrived in Ireland decided to make their home there. The first recorded sighting of a leprechaun dates to the 8th century.
What does he do?
By trade the leprechaun is a shoemaker, and he provides the fairies with their dancing shoes. As the fairies love to dance, he is always busy.
How does he have so much gold?
He is well paid by the fairies and keeps nearly all the money he earns in a crock. He buries his gold in the ground in a secluded spot and if you catch him he is obliged to tell you where. If you follow a rainbow to the end you will find his treasure.
How do you catch a leprechaun?
The best time to see a leprechaun is early morning or at dusk. You can sometimes hear him tapping with his hammer. If you are lucky he will be so busy making his shoes that he will not hear you. When you catch him, keep a close eye on him - he is a very slippery customer!