Wondering where do leprechauns live? If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of one, you'll need to book travel to Ireland.
The Ancestral Island
Leprechauns have been residents of Ireland, also called the land of leprechauns, since the beginning of time. Leprechauns can be found in the earliest-known Irish folklore. Reportedly, leprechauns live solitary lives, rarely associate with others of their kind and avoid humans and other fairy folk whenever possible, all of which makes good sense. After all, leprechauns are in charge of a great deal of gold, presumably the only type of currency fairy folk use. It would be a rare human who would miss the chance to steal a leprechaun's pot of gold, so these creatures avoid contact with people whenever they can.
To steer clear of human encounters, leprechauns must find homes that also are far away from cities and towns. If a human moves into the area in which a leprechaun has been living, the leprechaun will quickly disappear.
Where to Find Leprechauns
For hundreds of years, leprechauns and other magical creatures have lived near the town of Thurles in Tipperary County. There, just outside of the city, in a meadow called the Glen of Cloongallon, lies a huge fairy ring that spans some 500 feet in diameter. The fairy ring is said to wrap around six ancient standing stones, which were capped off hundreds of years ago with a huge overhead stone. Adding to the mystique of the area is a giant oak tree that spreads its arms protectively over the ring. Leprechauns, along with many other magical creatures, are said to live in the giant oak tree.
In other areas of Ireland, leprechauns live in hollow logs and other oak trees that can be found in densely wooded areas across the island. Most leprechauns are said to enjoy the delicate and calming sound of a babbling brook. But because leprechauns are also shape shifters, and can change from their normal two feet in height to the miniscule size of an insect, a leprechaun can live in just about any habitat known to man or beast. Being able to change their shape and size also makes it easy for a leprechaun to keep his identity hidden.
Living with Humans
A leprechaun may adopt a kind-hearted family and reside in their home for a spell. The family must be honest and welcoming, never attempting to trick the leprechaun into giving up his pot of gold.
To attract and keep a leprechaun, put a saucer of milk out each evening, and perhaps a little ale on an odd night. After the leprechaun eats his dinner, he may fix a few things around the house. Since leprechauns are great tinkers, you may find that the old tractor is running smoothly again thanks to your houseguest. On rare occasions, leprechauns have been known to make shoes for the entire family before moving on to a new location.
Most homeowners never fail to leave out a saucer of milk for the Little People, or to chant a few Irish blessings over their home before bed each evening. After all, the luck of the Irish doesn't grow on trees, it's a gift that comes directly from the leprechauns.
The following Irish blessing may be one of the very blessings that folks in Ireland recite each night as they place a saucer of warm milk near the front door.
Irish House Blessing
May the Irish Hills caress us
May her lakes and rivers bless us
May the luck of the Irish enfold us
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold us
And may the leprechauns always stay near us
To spread luck on our home and on our family
Leprechauns don't have a reputation for mischief, but some of their fairy relatives do. If you suspect fairy trouble in your home, consider these three likely suspects.
Leprechaun myths are as old as the misty hills of Ireland. They also are some of the most repeated and enjoyed myths the world over.
The history of leprechauns dates back to a time before the Celts, when a group of magical warriors claimed the soil of Ireland as their own.