By June K. Williams
Aka Weebit Molly O’Sunshine

May the curse of Mary Malone, her nine blind illegitimate children and a libidinous leprechaun chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can’t find you with a telescope.

On St. Patrick’s Day it seems that everyone wants to be Irish and images of leprechauns seem to pop up everywhere. leprechaun, st. patrick's day, fairy Not to rain on the parade but leprechauns have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. They have a day of their own thank you very much, Leprechaun Day, held on May 13th. Having said that, there are few things that remind people more of Ireland than leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day is the day most associated with the Irish throughout the world so perhaps I shouldn’t be nitpicking. Nitpicking and finding loopholes in agreements are very fairy traits and as leprechauns are not only a species of fae and Irish to boot it was only natural they will be a little persnickety.

When most people hear the word leprechaun it conjures up visions of cartoon characters that appear on a Lucky Charms cereal box or a Hallmark greeting card or perhaps a more sinister horror movie monster. Leprechauns are far better know than the Dullahan , the Grogochs, the Merrows, the bean-sidhe or Banshee and my personal favorite the Pooka. Traditional folklore portrays the Little People or Wee Folk (they are about 2 feet tall) as neither the most fearsome nor the most genial of the Irish fae. At least that is what is said of leprechauns but they have a branch of the family that is known as cluricauns who are a bit darker. Cluricans aren’t industrious little savers and guardians of fairy treasure. Instead they travel about at night pilfering larders and cellars for wine and beer, then appropriate various animals for joyrides around the countryside. It sounds like they have more fun that their more serious (though not much more sober) cousins.

Leprechauns are mischievous and like to drink and smoke their clay pipes but they are also diligent shoemakers. Why the rest of the fairy folk would walk around barefoot if not for them. Some say the best way to find a leprechaun is to follow the sounds of his shoemaker hammer. There are no female leprechauns which begs the question of how there are any leprechauns at all.

All leprechauns carry two leather pouches. One pouch holds a magical silver shilling. This coin returns to the purse each time it is paid out. In the other pouch he carries a gold coin which he uses to bribe his way out of a predicament. (ie. being captured and seeking to be freed) This coin usually turns to ashes or sometimes leaves once the leprechaun has departed safely.

You may find a leprechaun’s pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow and in a way it is synonymous with the elusiveness of all earthly treasures. leprechaun, fairy, magic Legend states these little guys are magically bound to tell the truth while you look them in the eye but they are very clever and if they distract you for an instant and eye contact is broken they will vanish in a flash. Of course they are quite adept at creating distractions. All in all there are worse supernatural creatures to be encountered.

So while you are out celebrating this St. Patrick’ Day I would like you to pause for a moment to think of the lone leprechaun and hoist a glass of something or other in toasting an enduring symbol of the Irish.

By June K. Williams
Aka Weebit Molly O’Sunshine

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June Williams
June, also known affectionately as Buzzy Lady #2, has been with the company since it began. She was born in Manhattan, raised in the Bronx (the first 12 years in the heart of the south Bronx) and spent most of her adult life living in Westchester County N.Y.

Always a Science Fiction fan and dabbler in writing she had thought herself too practical to pursue a career in the field. Before coming to Buzzy she spent over 30 years in the travel industry, then one day decided it was time to spread her wings and plunge into publishing. Everyone she knew thought she had gone slightly daft but as this was not the first time they had expressed that opinion she took the red pill anyway and now spends all of her time putting together projects that make each day a pleasure.
  • Maxine R

    So they work hard and play hard. I didn’t know about the Cluricans but even they don’t seem very scary. Wonder how the idea came about to create the horror move with the alien Leprechauns?

  • Jon McNair

    My grandfather used to tell me stories of the wee folk. He told me not to believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny but to hold fast to the old traditions. My mother wasn’t happy with him