Mysteries of the Clurichaun

What to Watch Out for on St. Patrick's Day

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and “Supernatural Saturday” I thought it would be fun to describe a not so well known fairy–the Clurichaun.

You don’t want to cross words with a Clurichaun as they can be quick to anger–even becoming violent when slighted

The Clurichaun is a mischievous spree related to the Leprechaun. According to Irish folklore, the Clurichaun is thought to be a shoemaker, a guardian of hidden treasures, a lover of drink and pipe smoking, and a creature that enjoys haunting wine cellars. This drinking spree has been described as measuring six inches tall with a face resembling a withered apple, twinkling eyes, and a red nose from heavy drinking.

Sound like anyone you know?

Although tiny in stature, and comical in appearance, you don’t want to cross words with a Clurichaun as they can be quick to anger–even becoming violent when slighted. But, if not provoked, these tricksters often limit themselves to harmless disturbances such as making noises day and night.

Clurichauns are also know to have a magical shilling in their pocket. Once spent, the shilling will always return to the owners pocket–providing a limitless source of revenue. For this reason, many a person has attempted to capture this creature . . . often times to their own misfortune. Capturing a Clurichaun is very difficult, however, as they can disappear in the blink of an eye.

So, on this St. Patrick’s Day, please drink responsibly, drive safe, and enjoy your time with friends and family. But if you cross paths with a wee Irishman with a red nose, and a fondness for drink and tomfoolery, be careful not to raise his ire. You never know! But, if you do finagle a shilling from the sour faced fairy, don’t hesitate to buy everyone a round–you won’t find yourself put out.

To learn more about the Clurichaun you might find CelticLife International interesting.

If you like tales of supernatural creatures you’ll love my Tales of Malstria series.

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