The leprechaun

The best time to spot a Leprechaun is on a late summer afternoon when they are enjoying the fine weather. He will tell you where his treasure is buried but you have to ask the right questions !

The lazy warm days of summer also mean heather beer and jugs of strong ale are plentiful. Leprechauns are known to enjoy a drop or two. Early evening or late afternoon around the end of July is your best bet for a sighting especially if the weather is warm. You should listen out for a gentle tapping if you are in the woods (woodpeckers are not common in Ireland).

The Púca

The Púca is usually described as a black haired billygoat or huge dog that sweeps people on to its back and runs for the nearest cliff. Survivors are few and very lucky.

Its a wonder that anyone can describe the Púca at all. It takes a few days for the wild stare to leave your face and the colour to return to your cheeks.

The Hag

Every harvest she invites a champion to challenge her. Not only is she very strong but she is crafty as a crow. Many have failed to beat the old witch and she cackles like a madwoman when she wins.

Sometimes the old hag lets her daughter come along. She doesn’t get out much so any attention she gets is ofetnb repaid with inside knowledge.

Sheela na Gig

Nobody really knows the meaning of Sheelas or what they were supposed to do. We do know they were usually on the outside of buildings and meant to be seen.

Sheelas dont leave much to the imagination. The building they are on now may not have been their original locations.


Changelings are usually swapped for babies when a fairy has lost their own child. You need to be smart to trick a changeling into revealing itself. Once it does it will flee and you own will be restored.

Sometimes a red hot poker would be held near the baby. Other times the mother would be told to do something unusual. There was a woman who pretended to brew beer from eggshells. the changeling began to laugh at the stupidity of the woman who chased him out the door with a hot poker from the fire.