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Celtic Cross Meaning and Symbolism

The History, Meaning and Symbolism of the Irish Celtic Cross …

The Celtic Cross often refereed to as the Irish High Cross is a renounced symbol of Celtic culture world wide. 

What is a Celtic Cross?

The Celtic cross is one of the most revered symbols of Ireland and of Irish culture. Few symbols are as renowned as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity like the Celtic cross worldwide. The Celtic Cross is basically a Latin cross with a circle of light, or a halo intersecting it. This cross also known as the Irish cross or the cross of Iona is a famous Christian symbol that has its roots in paganism.  The cross with a circle of light emerged in France and Britain in the middle ages and predates Christianity. It was adopted by Irish missionaries from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

What is the Legend of the Celtic Cross?

Irish folklore says Saint Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross to the Celts when he was trying to educate and possible convert the pagan Irish hopefully to Christianity. The pagan Celts were said to worship the sun. Saint Patrick according to legend combined the image of the Christian cross with the circular to represent the sun to associate circle of light with the Christian cross as one in the same.

Another less popular story suggests that, by St. Patrick laying the symbol of the cross over the symbol of the sun he was showing them that Christ was a more powerful force then the sun god.

What is the High Cross or the Irish Cross?

An Irish Cross is a Celtic cross. It is also known as the Cross of Iona or the High Cross. They are all Celtic crosses often decorated with traditional Gaelic symbols or Celtic knots.  These magnificent large stone crosses were typically erected to memorialize prominent people or places like churches or monasteries. One of the most famous crosses is at Clonmacnoise, Ireland. The Clonmacnoise cross is known as the Cross of the Scriptures. Large beautiful medieval stone Celtic crosses adorn the country landscape in Ireland ranging in sizes with the largest standing at 23 feet tall.

The Celtic Cross is a world known typically depicted and has become a traditional Christian symbol used by the faithful in Ireland for religious purposes. It is a tremendous symbol of Irish faith and Irish pride. Today Celtic crosses are worn by people worldwide who have an admiration of Irish culture and Christian faith.

Celtic Crosses and Tattoos

Celtic Cross Tattoos are very popular design that represents the cross of Christ among those of Irish decent. A Celtic cross tattoo is one of the most meaningful body art designs that often commemorates the memory of a loved one or someone’s deep commitment to faith. This deeply spiritual tattoo is also a very gender-neutral. The Celtic cross tattoo design is also very popular among first responders. Irish firemen often use a Celtic cross design combined with a Maltese cross to represent their profession while Irish Police offers have it with a badge in the center.

Celtic Cross Pendants by The Irish Jewelry Company

Our Celtic Cross pendants and Irish Cross necklaces are inspired by the brilliant history and cultural symbolism of the standing stone crosses of Ireland like those at Clonmacnoise monastery. Crosses inspired by beautiful Irish crosses reproduced in Silver and Gold with elaborate inscriptions like the ones on ancient Irish high crosses all over Ireland. Their crosses are world renowned by those who love all things Irish and Irish culture.

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Key Signs You Were Raised by an Irish Mom or Italian Mom

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Many if our Irish American readers were probably raised by an Irish Mom or an Irish American Mom Irish, even an Italian mom if you Dad was the Irish one.  Irish Moms and Italian Moms are pretty much the same. It hard not to recognize those enduring traits that make them both great moms. They are both their children’s number fan. They are encouraging, caring, and show unconditional love and devotion for us in their own special ways. Both moms have the power to make you cry in fear object fear of a simple cooking utensil, known as the dreaded wooden spoon.

You know you were raised by either an Irish mom or an Italian mom if you know all the important Saints by heart.

Every time you lose something, and you searched high and low for it without success  and you just happen to mention it to mom she will undoubtedly say “Have you said a prayer to Saint Anthony yet?”. Rest assured, without fail good old St. Anthony usually comes through with finding your car keys. Every Irish mother or Italian mother has a favorite saint that they prayer too repeatable that they insist have never let them down.

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“I have eyes in the back of my head you know.”

Were we all just stupid kids but for years we really thought our mothers had eyes in the back of their heads? Mom ALWAYS knew when you were up to no good or lying.

“Don’t make me get the wooden spoon….”

Oh, those dreaded words… even the sound of the draw where it was kept opening was enough to put the fear of God in you. You ran at the sight of a wooden spoon. No matter what the issue was you were battling her over, just when you thought you had her she would start counting to three. Knew the wooden spoon was coming out next.

Mom always slipped you some extra money

If you had an Irish mom, she is good for about a spare 20 quid until you are about thirty. If you had an Italian mom, it was you cannot go out without any cash and you always left Nona’s side $20 richer. It was for candy or ice cream when you were a little kid and later as you got older is was probably gas money.

Let’s face it, motherhood is not easy, but mom always made it seem like it was her greats priority and we were her greatest achievement. Whether you had an Irish mom or an Italian mom her enduring love is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother and child. Remember to honor her on Mother’s Day with a special Mother’s Day gift like a piece of motherhood Jewelry to show your appreciation for all she has done and continues to do for you. I mean really , what mom wouldn’t want a beautiful piece of mother’s jewelry from her baby.

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The Irish Jewelry Company is Launching a New Blog and Updating Its Website

The Irish Jewelry Company is announcing its redirecting its focus to work on strengthening its online presences to accommodate the shifting shopping habits due to Covid-19. The pandemic has changed many peoples shopping habits and has officially solidified people’s confidence in eCommerce

The Irish Jewelry Company is announcing it is redirecting its focus to work on strengthening its online presences through blogging, social media and creating better user experience by updating its website to accommodate the shifting shopping habits due to Covid-19. The Irish Jewelry Company will be officially launching its blog, Irish Culture and Traditions in September. The pandemic has changed many peoples shopping habits and has officially solidified people’s confidence in eCommerce. Economic concerns continue to be widespread among small businesses like The Irish jewelry Company. To survive any future closures due to Covid-19 in the future its clear every jewelry business needs a greater web presence with a great blog, and an improved user-friendly website with fabulous product. Today more people are turning to online shopping for their purchases at stores like, The Irish Jewelry Company for that unique piece of sentimental jewelry for that special occasion during these difficult times when people can get out as usual to shop.

The Irish Jewelry Company blog will focus on the meaning and symbolism behind Irish jewelry. It will also have articles on Irish heritage revolving around customs, folklore, and superstitions.
A strengthened focus on original design, high perceived value, brand recognition, and customer experience to garner more online market share will continue and accelerate in the upcoming months.
Designing Jewelry for today’s savvy customer who shops online and enjoys good value is becoming more and more challenging. Today’s customer wants a modernistic and trendy look that reflects their personality either their beliefs, heritage, or personified sense of style all at an affordable price with fast flat rate shipping practically shipped yesterday thanks to Amazon. They are also looking for that piece that shares a story or has a significant meaning. The customer is looking for a more modern look then the traditional claddagh ring with a clean design that offers real value.

The Irish Jewelry Company’s collection of Irish jewelry is high quality and handcrafted and thankfully sells itself virtually. “For the company to compete online the website needs to be on par with the competition and to regain lost traffic due to google algorithm changes through grass roots marketing.” says owner, jewelry designer Jennifer Derrig.

It is important to make the online shopping experience a simply and convenient check out process with multiply streamlined method of payments like Amazon pay and PayPal. Upgrading our site will improve our speed both on desktop and mobile. A fast loading website and mobile shopping site is especially important. Offering a quality assortment of styles with beautiful signature gift wrap is important for the company’s brand. Customers can recognize the brand instantly by our signature white box, emerald green ribbon, and gold seal.

Beautiful jewelry is not enough on its own these days with the online competition from big box sites like Amazon and Etsy and recent Google algorithm changes. The product must be the highest of quality, and a great value rich in tradition. The website must be mobile friendly and offer great content. The plan is to provide customers with awesome content and blog, excellent service, improved check out and website speed, affordable prices, and branded presentation upon delivery. Especially during a pandemic when many people have more time to focus on the small details. Design, service, affordability, ease of shopping and fast shipping is their key to future success. The Irish Jewelry Company is directing its focus to work on strengthening its online presences to accommodate the shifting shopping habits.

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Ireland is Known for Handcrafted Irish Jewelry

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Many people and tourists to Ireland often wonder about the local crafts the country is famous for creating. Ireland is famous for a variety of crafts including wool sweaters and its famous world-renowned Irish Jewelry.

What jewelry is Ireland known for?

Ireland is known for beautiful Irish Jewelry. Irish jewelry is steeped in culture from Ireland with stories of love and friendship passed for generations. Irish jewelry has timeless appeal and is a wonderful representation of the vibrant Irish culture and they beauty of its people.

Irish jewelry is high quality and handcrafted inspired by all things Irish and made from the finest material by expert jewelers. When a customer buys a piece of Irish jewelry such as a Claddagh Ring, they are not only getting a beautiful piece of jewelry they are also passing on traditional Irish culture and custom.

The legend behind the traditional Irish Claddagh Ring design is a beautiful story if enduring love. Imagine Ireland in the days long ago. A young Irishman in love wOld Irish stone cottage and bicycle backgroundith a beautiful Irish lass was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed while in captivity and he wondered if his true love had waited for his return. As the years wore on, he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring for his true love. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. Can you just picture the tiny first rustic claddagh ring being made? After many years he finally returned home to the village of Claddagh Ireland, near the Galway coast. To his wonderful delight he discovered his true love had waited for him. So, he gave her the tiny ring he fashioned for her while in captivity as a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. This beautiful token of love loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh Ring. 

Another popular piece of Irish Jewelry from Ireland that it is famous for is the Celtic Cross.  Irish legend says Saint Patrick a Christian missionary regarded as the patron saint of Ireland was responsible for the origins of the Celtic Cross. St. Patrick lived from AD 373-493 and ministered in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. The Pious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. It is suggested that the snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a 3-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the Celtic cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love. The Celtic cross is one of the most popular and enduring pieces of Irish jewelry passed from generations to generation of family members today.

 

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Irish Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Irish wedding traditions date far back in history and many have survived in one form or another today. These Irish wedding traditions were rooted in nature came from folklore and superstitions for generations. passed on generations. Today Irish couples around the

Beauty wedding bouquet with different flowers in hands
Beauty wedding bouquet with different flowers in hands.

world seek to incorporate these ancient Irish wedding traditions in their modern-day wedding as a way pay tribute or to reconnect with their Irish heritage.

Have you ever heard the phrase “HIS GOOSE IS COOKED”?

The expression ‘his goose is cooked’ is still in use in Ireland and especially in Dublin. The phrase originated from the tradition of cooking a goose for the groom in the Bride’s house the night before the wedding. Once the goose

was cooked there was simply no going back!

TYING THE KNOT… the Celtic Knot

Perhaps the best-known Irish Wedding Tradition that most people don’t know about is tying the knot. Did you know the phrase “Tying the Knot” originated with the ancient Celtic ceremony of hand fasting? This old Celtic tradition symbolizes the joining of two as one like the exchanging of rings today. The couple clasps their hands together and a brightly colored cord in the bridal party colors is wrapped around their hands as a symbol of their unity in marriage.

IRISH LACE, an Irish Wedding Tradition

Irish Lace is commonly used as an Irish Wedding Tradition. Irish lace began in the 1800’s many families in Ireland lived in small thatched cottages on land called crofts producing crops for the Lord of the Manor. Crofters were “dirt poor” with little money for necessities. Then the potato blight hit between 1845 and 1851 destroying the crops and causing thousands of families to starve. The Ursuline nuns were familiar with Venetian lace, brought over from France. The nuns used their skills in crocheting lace to help save the people from the famine. They began schooling women to

produce the fine crochet that has come to be known as “Irish lace.” The more affluent Irish families that could meet the expense to buy the lace earned the name of “lace curtain Irish.” Families had their own designs and motifs and closely guarded their patterns which were passed from mother to daughter. The particulars were kept so secret that many of them vanished as the families either died or fled the poverty for other lands.

Shamrocks in summer forest on an old stumpFLOWERS and Shamrocks of course

For good luck to the marriage, a sprig of shamrocks is tucked into the bouquet. The lucky Shamrock is also the symbol of Ireland. It is also customary to decorate the house that the wedding celebration was held in with locally grown flowers and plants. These would vary according to the time of the year that the wedding was held. Some plants have become associated with Ireland, not least the now readily available ‘Bells of Ireland’, used in modern times for its symbolism. A Celtic tradition in Wales involves the plant Myrtle which is presented by the Bride to the Bridesmaids who then plant it in their gardens. If the plant grew, then the

Bridesmaid would be married before the year is out!

THE MAGIC HANKY

It is now usual for the ‘magic hanky’ to be made from Linen although it is likely the original versions were made from cheaper materials. It was usual for the Bride to carry the hanky on her wedding day and for it to be retained and later converted to a Christening hat/bonnet for her first child. The hanky would be passed on from generation to generation to be re-used in a similar manner. THE

CLADDAGH RING

Irish jewelry is known to be steeped in irish tradition. It is quite common for a traditional Claddagh Ring to be used at an Irish wedding, as a wedding band. The ring is faced outwards prior to the wedding and reversed to face inwards on the hand after the wedding, indicating that the bearer is taken forever! The Claddagh Ring is one of the most well-known romantic symbols of

Ireland.

THE LUCKY HORSESHOE

The tradition of a horseshoe is well known throughout the world and so it is in Ireland. By placing the horseshoe upright over a door or in a room the ‘luck of the house’ was kept intact. The Greeks associated the horseshoe with the crescent moon and its symbolism of fertility. The tradition was popular throughout Ireland and England too with the readily available horseshoe being carried by the Bride as she walked down the aisle. It was then affixed securely by the

Groom in the matrimonial home. Today, glass and ceramic horseshoes are symbolically used at Irish wedding ceremonies.

WEDDING BELLS and the Make Up Bell

The use of Church bells in Christian religions is symbolic of driving away the evil spirits from the marriage to be. In Penal times in Ireland this was not possible, so the gift of a small bell acted as a substitute. Modern Irish weddings often have stationery, invitations, bunting, and decorations adorned with bells, hearts, shamrocks, and horseshoes. A small glass or ceramic bell can be used in the Church service and kept as a memento. It is a tradition in Ireland to present a couple with a “make-up” bell for their wedding or anniversary, even engagement. The chime of bells is thought to keep evil spirits away and to restore harmony if a couple is fighting. The sound of the bell, much like a church bell is to remind a couple of their wedding vows. This bell is also rung when one partner is ready to “make up” and end any little quarrel. Each partner should take turns ringing the bell, lest a quarrel begin again.

IRISH WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS

It is considered better luck to get married during a time of plenty. A bountiful harvest year, is a good omen for any newly married couple. It is better that a man be the first person to wish joy and happiness to the new Bride, and never a woman.

A wedding party should always avoid cr

ossing paths with a Funeral procession. Seems like an obvious one.

Upon the bride and groom leaving the Church paper confetti to tossed at the betrothed, but in ancient times an old shoe was tossed over the head of the Bride for luck – not so lucky if it hits the Bride though!

Placing a statue of ‘the Child of Prague’, a small statue of the Holy Infant Jesus, in the garden of the Bride prior to the wedding is supposed to ensure that her big day is blessed by nice weather.

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Designing Irish Jewelry for Future Generations After a Pandemic

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Jeweler crafting jewelry on his workbench

The pandemic has changed many peoples shopping habits and has solidified people’s confidence in eCommerce. Today more people are turning to online stores like the Irish jeweler The Irish Jewelry Company for that unique piece of sentimental Irish Jewelry for that special occasion during these difficult times.

Designing Irish Jewelry for today’s savvy customer who shops online and enjoys good value is becoming more and more challenging. Today’s customer wants a modernistic and trendy look that reflects their Irish heritage and sense of style all at an affordable price with fast flat rate shipping practically shipped yesterday.  They are also looking for that piece that shares a story or has a significant meaning.

For instance, take the traditional Irish Claddagh Ring design. Millennial love what it symbolizes, friendship, love and loyalty. But our customer was looking for a more modern then the traditional claddagh ring with a clean design that offered real value. Inspired by recent trends in stack-able jewelry we came up with the Claddagh Stack Ring. Our Claddagh Stackable Ring Set is a brilliant blend of an ancient Irish claddagh tradition with a fresh modern design. Our three-piece stack claddagh ring set is sterling silver and has real diamond accents in the crown and pave heart. This Stack Claddagh Ringset is a true symbol of eternal Irish friendship, love and loyalty. Our customer loves the new modern twist on the tradition Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh Stack Ring is one of our best sellers.

Another interesting take on a tradition Irish Jewelry is our Celtic Mothers Knot. The Celtic Mothers Knot also known as the Celtic Motherhood Knot is a variation of the familiar Trinity knot symbolizing the Celtic faith and family bond. Our Celtic Mothers Knot jewelry represents the special bond between a mother and her children and their Celtic heritage. Irish and Celtic moms will love our symbolic and unique Celtic Mothers Knot jewelry pieces. Honor her with an elegant Celtic reminder of motherhood with these Celtic mother’s jewelry items.

Our designer Irish jewelry is high quality and handcrafted inspired by all things Irish and made from the finest material by expert jewelers. When a customer buys a piece of Irish jewelry such as a Claddagh Ring, they are not only getting a beautiful piece of jewelry they are also passing on traditional Irish culture and custom. It is important to take pride in making the Irish gift giving experience modern and convenient. Customers are celebrating their Celtic heritage and a love of Ireland through original Irish Jewelry design. Beautiful Irish jewelry should be the highest of quality, steeped in Celtic symbolism and rich in Irish tradition. Providing customers with specially designed unique Irish jewelry everyone can love and appreciate for any occasion is important. Especially during a pandemic. Irish Jewelry Customers are proud to be Irish and they want their Irish gift to make a statement that every Irishman can be proud to give.

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Quick Guide to Irish Fairies

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Young beautiful woman in the image of fairies, dark forest

Irish Fairies and Anti Fairy Measures

In Ireland many folks still believe there are fairies, good nurtured and some mischievous FAIRIES. If you have ever traveled at night on the winding Irish back roads in the countryside of Ireland, you would know it is a kind of eerie darkness that puts fear in your very heart. One can easily imagine something moving over the moors or hearing the forlorn screech of a dammed fairy.

As a child in Ireland you are warned to not play inside a fairy fort because the fairies don’t like it and might curse you or worse, they might fancy you. Fairy forts are mounds or hills found all over Ireland. They are the ruins of circular mound dwellings in which people lived during the Iron Age such as Newgrange.

Irish folklore speak about the so called lone bushes. These lone bushes or trees are the supposed gathering places of the Irish Fairies. In Ireland, its believed fairy trees are the sacred grounds for the sídhe, the people of the mounds.

Sídhe is the Gaelic term for a burial mound and in Ireland; it is commonly used to refer to Faeries. You will often hear folks refernce the phrase ‘daoine sidhe’ (pronounced deenee shee) meaning faerie folk mentioned in these parts.

The fairies are believed to be the Tuatha de Danann, one of the first ancient tribes to arrive in Ireland. It is said they were a magical and secretive people.  They loved beautiful Ireland so much they decided to use their magic to shrink themselves and live underground. It is why various folklore traditions refer to fairies as wee folk.

‘Away with the fairies’ is an old Irish expression referring to someone whose mind is elsewhere. It originated with the belief in the folklore that mischievous fairies steal souls and carry children off to the underworld, leaving changelings in their place.
A Changeling is a creature thought to be the offspring of a fairy that has been secretly left in the place of a human child. It is thought that fairies often fancy mortals and steal their pretty children. They carry the babies away leaving behind a Changeling, an ailing fairy child, or a log of wood so bewitched that they seems to be a mortal pining away in bewilderment.
They say if you wear your clothing inside out or wear bells you can ward off the malevolent fairies.

Anti-Fairy Measures for Halloween

There is an old Irish folklore that warns of fairies and goblins that try to collect as many souls as they can at Halloween. Folklore says if you through the dust from under your feet at the Fairy then they would be obliged to release any souls that they held captive.

 

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The Top Ways to Succeed in Shopping For Irish Jewelry

Any tourist on a European vacation could tell you the best way to find Irish jewelry is taking a trip to the Emerald Isle better known as Ireland. There are many different types of Irish jewelry sold in Ireland. You will need to know the type of Irish jewelry you are looking for. Every style is steeped in culture and tradition. Irish jewelry like the claddagh ring from Galway, Ireland is popular worldwide. For instance, if you are looking an Irish sign of faith you might want to purchase a Celtic cross or a Trinity knot.  If you are looking for a symbol of Ireland, then I would suggest a harp pendant. The harp is the official emblem of Ireland. However, is you are looking for something more romantic for your significant other, something romantic then look no further than the Claddagh ring. Everyone wants to get an Irish Claddagh Ring Continue reading “The Top Ways to Succeed in Shopping For Irish Jewelry”

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Diamond Claddagh Ring Design

Have you ever wanted a Diamond Claddagh Ring? Look no further than The Irish Jewelry Company for a unique collection of Diamond Claddagh Rings.

diamond claddagh ring by the irish jewelry companyThe Irish  Jewelry Company‘s Diamond Claddagh Ring radiates exquisite beauty. The Diamond Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s best known symbols of love. A Diamond Claddagh ring has three symbolic parts. It’s heart stands for love, the crown is for loyalty, and the hands are for friendship. Experience every stage of love, loyalty and friendship. There is an old Irish saying that goes, “With These hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love” . Giver her a  Diamond Claddagh Ring by The Irish Jewelry Company today. A leader in Irish Jewelry online sales.

What is the Claddagh Story?

A short history of the Claddagh ring. Long ago a young man was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh. Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?

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What way do you wear a Claddagh Ring?

Irish Claddagh rings that are worn on the left hand with the heart facing towards the wearer mean that the wearer is married. When a claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing away from the wearer, the Claddagh ring indicates that the person’s heart is still open to love. Wear your claddagh ring in this position if you are single and open to love.

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Leprechauns

What is a Leprechaun?

A leprechaun is a type of Irish fairy of the Aos Sí in Irish folklore. Leprechauns are little red bearded men, wearing a green coat and hat. Leprechauns are mischievous fairies. Leprechauns are solitary wee folk, spending their time mending shoes. Irish folklore says leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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