Little People in America
Although the majority of leprechauns still live in the Emerald Isle, some hid themselves in the scant belongings of Irish emigrants and turned up in Australia and the USA. Those that arrived in America have been rehabilitated over the last century or so, and the evil leprechaun has become a lot less cranky and more sociable. It could be argued that he’s become a lot more stupid in the process, having lost his sharp wit and inclination to mendacity. Could be he also spends too much time in the pub these days. He’s always been a bit keen on a drink, that’s true, but while it’s frothy beer in the States, his preference on this side of the pond remains whiskey or poteen, both of which he likes to brew up himself.
Types of Leprechaun in Ireland
There are five ‘clans’ of leprechaun and they don’t mix much. Which one you need to be on the lookout for depends on where you are in the island.
- The Leinster leprechaun most closely fits with the popular notion of the little fellow. They’re the least flamboyant in dress, the least extrovert in character, and they’re very keen on honey.
- The Ulster leprechaun is the shortest in stature, but it’s best not to mention it. In addition to built up heels, they usually wear pointed hats to give the illusion of greater height. They claim to be the best poets and most accomplished hurlers.
- The Meath leprechaun‘s USP is his diplomacy. This is a good trait, but in the execution of his diplomatic skills he tends to use a hundred words when ten would do. Don’t be in a hurry to run into him if you’ve not got time to spare.
- The Connaught leprechaun, like his brethren, is industrious, whether at work or at study. But this chap takes it all a bit too seriously. Although they say they are the best inventors and great philosophers, they are the most reclusive of the five so you’re unlikely to get to test this claim.
- The Munster leprechaun is the wildest party animal you’re ever likely to encounter. His drinking habits are legendary. When sober he has the sweetest tongue. When he in the drink he’s simply horrible.
Fig. 123.).Of course, leprechaun legends and sightings aren’t just limited to Ireland’s shores (and no, we’re not talking about the Alabama leprechaun). A small patch of carefully landscaped land sits in the middle of a road in Portland, Oregon, but it’s not just roadside greenery to perk up a neighborhood street. It’s actually a park dedicated to leprechauns. Local legend says that a reporter wrote a series of columns about the country’s only leprechaun colony in 1947. The reporter, Dick Fagan, spotted one of the leprechauns digging a hole in the spot outside his window and captured it. He used his wish to get a park of his own, but the leprechaun tricked him and gave him the hole in the ground instead. The two foot long patch of ground became an official city park in 1976 and serves as the epicenter of the town’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Fig. 124.).A facsimile of a Leprechaun
Leprechauns, or little people, and their heritage are protected on a European directive thanks to a group of lobbyists from Carlingford, Co. Louth. The directive was part of an effort to preserve the rich bio diversity of the area called “The Sliabh Foy Loop,” now a protected area for flora, fauna, wild animals and leprechauns.
“It is a long, detailed procedure and it has taken nearly eight years to secure the future of our heritage, culture and folklore. We are delighted in the knowledge that our little people will be protected from extinction and allowed to thrive on the mountains,” local man Kevin Woods said of the directive in 2011. The group of locals who lobbied for this protection directive, and also organize the annual Leprechaun Hunt in the area, said the directive was put through in spite of objections from the Black Faced Mountain Sheep Breeders Association. Their site says, “The EU have opted in favor of the rich bio diversity of the Cooley Mountains, and this area is now protected under the European Habitats Directive.”
Woods, a local man and one of the original members of the group, explains in a video, that there are only 236 leprechauns still living in Ireland on the Foy mountain at Slate Rock. He believes that this place is of the spirit world.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III $54.00
The Untold History of The White Races Cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
585 pages 720 pictures
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Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III is divided into 2 parts. The First part of this volume goes over The Catholic Church’s history during the Dark Ages & Medieval Times. These are a some of the things that are discussed: The Castrati (Castrated Boy Choir), Holy Blood & Organs, Jesus’s Holy Prepuce (Foreskin), The Penance & Anathema, The Fish Bishop, Saints that Levitate, The Incorruptible Saints, The Nun Manias, All Religious Holidays explained, The Heretics: The Luciferians, The Spanish Inquisition. The Second half of this book is a focus on the art of the times. These are the subjects reviewed: Monsters & Gargoyles, Castles & Knight Armory, More on Medicine & Magic, More on Werewolves, Demons & Hell, Over 100 Different Black Madonnas & Moorish Saints, The Catacomb Bone Churches, The Bejewelled Saints, Aliens, Astrology & Alchemy………………….
New York Post : St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off in Manhattan.