Leprechauns are creatures in Irish folklore that have become so widely popular that they are now iconic of Ireland! According to legend, leprechauns resemble old men who love to play tricks on people and hide pots of gold at the end of rainbows.
Leprechauns are so highly regarded in Ireland that they have their own museum in Dublin! Furthermore, residents of Donegal (a county in the north west part of Ireland) and Cork (a county in the south west of Ireland) once held a contest to see how many people would dress up like leprechauns and gather in one place. County Cork won and was awarded a Guinness World Record for their efforts after over 1,000 people attended the event!
Leprechauns have also made their way into mainstream media. The American cereal “Lucky Charms” has a leprechaun mascot who look s considerable younger than a traditional leprechaun. Some people have found fault in the depictions of leprechauns and claim that they are stereotypes of the Irish. However, the origins of leprechauns are authentically Irish and they remain beloved bits of folklore until this day.
Below is a list of five facts about leprechauns and things that are associated with them.