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LEPRECHAUNS - IRISH - IRELAND (see also Irish Stories)
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Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Lindda Shute.
(1990 - Ages 4-8)
Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too.

Jack and the Leprechaun (Pictureback(R)) by Ivan Robertson with Katy Bratun (illus). (2000 - Ages 4-8)
It's St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick's Day.

Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #4) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones. (1992 - Ages 9-12)
Melody is certain that her new basketball coach, Mr. O'Grady, is a leprechaun, and soon she and the other children are keeping an eye on him and observing his growing relationship with third grade teacher Mrs. Jeepers.

Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian and Lecia Balian. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Ninny Nanny and Gram are in a bad state. The thatch on their roof is broken, the rain barrel is empty, the potatoes need digging, and all they have to eat is rainwater soup. But Ninny Nanny is lazy and not inclined to work. So she decides to catch a leprechaun and find out where he has hidden his fortune! The idea is splendid, but finding the pot of gold turns out to be much more than Ninny Nanny and Gram bargained for!

Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start.
The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart!
Share in their dancing, share in their fun.
You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!
Top o' the morning! It's March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade.

Night Before St. Patrick's Day (The) (Reading Railroad) by Natasha Wing with Amy Wummer (illus). (2009 - Ages 4-8)
It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning (Clarion books) by Eve Bunting with Jan Brett (illus). (1983 - Ages 4-8)
Jamie seeks a way to prove that he is not too young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins) by Gerald McDermott.
(1992 - Ages 4-8)
When the evil McGoons trick Tim O'Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure. McDermott's illustrated books (including Caldecott winner Arrow to the Sun) and animated films have earned him international recognition.

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting with Emily Arnold McCully (illus). (2006 - Ages 4-8)
The three leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col have a job to do. They must race to where they’ve buried the pot of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The clouds are already gathering, so there’ll be no time for mischief along the way. But Mrs. Ballybunion’s cow, Miss Maud Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out that the three clever fellows can’t resist having a little fun on the road to Paddywhackers Bog. For, in addition to putting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, mischief is what leprechauns do!

Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky with Dan Andreasen (illus). (2007 - Ages 4-8)
On St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns are lucky. But on every other day of the year, they make for noisy neighbors -- and they're turning the entire town of Dingle upside down! Fortunately, Finn O'Finnegan always has a clever plan brewing, and this time, with a little luck of the Irish, it's a scheme that just might fool even the cleverest of creatures.

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Barbie Doll - Festivals Of The World: Irish Dance
Barbie is a fabulous dancer from the Emerald Isle. She wears an authentic costume with cultural flare in shades of green with golden Celtic designs, all inspired by the world-famous Irish Dance. This red-haired dancer wears traditional dancing shoes. Doll cannot stand alone or dance. Measures 12" tall.

Costume - American Girl Irish Dance Book, Wig, Shoes, Socks and Cloak
For an enchanting dancing debut, this costume has it all: A sleeveless embroidered dress featuring a full skirt and authentic button-on brat, or cloak Embroidered wrist cuffs, knee-high knit socks, and lace-up black dance shoes A traditional headband wig with spiral curls that can bounce in time to the music Includes My Lucky Charms, a book featuring stories about what girls use to bring good luck their way

Irish American Heritage Belt Buckle Ireland Celtic St. Patrick's Day
"American By Birth - Irish By The Grace of God" Belt Buckle.
Perfect way to express your Irish American Heritage. St Patrick's Day, March 17th. Inscription on the back reads: "This is a tribute to one of the many Nationalities whose Heritage, Culture, and Tradition have made America what it is today."

Irish Leprechauns With Pot Of Gold Trinket Keepsake Box
Opens by lifting lid off pot of gold.

Irish Setter Men's 838 Wingshooter 6" Waterproof Lace-up Boot
Boots have waterproof uppers and moisture-wicking liners that'll keep your toes warm and dry in any condition. More details: Waterproof leather uppers; Irish Setter Prairie White sole for traction; Lightweight dual density midsole for support; Fabric covered EVA footbed for comfort; Dual density toe and heel EVA pads give you extra cushion where you want it; Steel shank for support; Moisture-wicking nylon liner; Goodyear leather welt construction for durability and repairability.

Laptop Pack - 2009 Burton Distortion, Irish Green Flannel Plaid
Conveniently hold your laptop (up to 15") and your skateboard. Plus you will have plenty of room for other things like your school books, cell phone and iPod, all inside designated pockets. The vertical skate carry has hideaway straps which tuck inside the external fabric of the bag when not in use.

Luck of the Irish Decorated Cookie Gift Tin
Irish Cookies come in a gift tin packed with 20 hand decorated sugar cookies in the shapes of leprechaun hats, shamrocks, and pots of gold in St. Patrick's Day green and gold! Each cookie is individually hand-made and decorated and is approximately 2-3 in. in size. Made with all natural ingredients including butter and genuine sugar.

One Dozen (12) Shamrock Irish St. Patrick's Day Rubber Ducky Party Favors
Two assorted styles, you'll receive a total of 12 ducks! Each meaures approx. 2-1/4"L x 2"W x 2-1/4" or 2-1/2"H. They have a hole in the bottom and squeak. These do NOT float upright. Great for decorating, collectibles, or party favors.

Patch Purses from Ireland - Large
Covered in a stylish patchwork of Irish tweeds and tartans, these zippered shoulder bags are embroidered with a gold shamrock. Large purse is 10 x 14"; small is 8 x 11". Patch colors may vary. Wool and polyester.

St. Patrick's Day Green Bead Necklaces, 24pk
Transparent Beaded Necklaces are great for favors or just to wear for yourself! Each necklace is 30" and include 24 pieces per pack.

St. Patrick's Day Jumbo Embossed Confetti
Spread some cheer with the luck of the Irish! St. Patrick's Day Jumbo Embossed Confetti Mix is great for sprinkling on tables or insert in envelopes with letters and invites! Contains 1/2 oz. of gold dots, coins and shamrock shaped confetti assortment.

St. Patrick's Day Pot O´Gold and Stickers Set
Includes an 8" black plastic kettle, 4 sheets of paper shamrock stickers and 144 plastic gold coins. Party Favors. 3-pc. Set. St. Patrick's Day Themed. Made of Plastic. Ideal for All Party Occasions.

St. Patrick's Day Surprise
Decked out in green, it's like sending a lucky 4-leaf clover. St. Patrick's Day munchies bring good fortune and Irish cheer for friends and loved ones nationwide. They'll enjoy, cheddar popcorn, sweet and savory snack mix, roasted almonds, zesty cheese straws, crunchy pretzels and fresh-baked cookies - all leprechaun approved.

Shamrock Eva Lights
May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home! Shamrock Electric Lights are good for indoor and outdoor use and is approximately 6ft in lighted length and 8ft in total length.

8 oz. 100% cotton canvas; self-fabric handles; 15" x 14 1/2" x 1".

Webkinz Irish Setter + Webkinz Bookmark - New with Sealed Tag and Unused Codes
Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique SECRET CODE. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KINZCASH, and play the best kids games on the net. Each Webkinz comes with their own special item and special food that can be used online.

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Bracelet - Univ Of Notre Dame Shamrock 7"
Bracelets can be worn anywhere, anytime. Accesorize your Notre Dame Fighting Irish wardrobe with this uniquely designed bracelet!

Charm - Leprechaun
This classy leprechaun charm is an essential accessory that can be worn everyday as well as on special occasions, with almost anything. This charm is the perfect complement your stylish collection.

Charm - Leprechaun by Rembrandt Charms
Hand-polished with a High Polish finish. The charm shape is 3D. Every Rembrandt charm comes with a heavy-duty jump ring that can be twisted open and easily attached by you. All Rembrandt Charms are guaranteed for life.

Cufflinks - Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Fighting Leprechaun
Enamel finish cufflinks on a nickel plated backing. Officially licensed by the NCAA.

Earrings - Boston Celtics 3/8" Leprechaun Logo Dangle Earrings - Sterling Silver Jewelry
Enjoy these earrings featuring the NBA team the Boston Celtics. A great gift for any Boston Celtics fan! Dangle earrings. Size: 3/8". Sterling silver.

Earrings - Irish Leprechaun Flowers St. Patrick's Day
Front has a mylar protecting cover. Back is a metal shell. Fish hook style closure. Measure 1 inch in diameter.

Earrings - Irish Leprechaun Mug Beer and Pot of Gold
Front has a mylar protecting cover. Back is a metal shell. Fish hook style closure. Measure 1 inch in diameter.

Pendant - 14k Small Leprechaun Pendant
2.1 Grams in 14k Yellow Gold - 5/8 inch wide x 1 1/8 inch long - FREE gift-ready jewelry box.

Ring - New LUCKY IRISH Titanium Ring, Designer Jewelry, Free Sizing 4-17
This is a USA made comfort fit band that is custom made to order with Aerospace Grade Titanium! This 10mm wide ring features a four leaf clover design, which is milled into the Titanium. This rings quality is unmatched! Satisfaction guaranteed.

Tiara - Irish Princess Shamrock + Rhinestone Tiara 1.2
This is a brand new Silver Shamrock Tiara with Rhinestone Accents. It is just perfect for a very spoiled Irish Princess. This has a wonderful almost whimsical charm about it. This is a wonderful Rhinestone display and might really catch that Leprechaun... !

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CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition) is a project of University College Cork in Ireland in which
early Irish texts (9th-17th century) are published on line in the original Irish and, in some cases, a
literal translation in English.

Celtic folklore from Sacred Texts.

Celtic Tales - The Baldwin Project: Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

Chuck Larkin has some great tales, some Celtic.

Irish famine. If you have found a convenient explanation or cause that can be summed up in one
line it is incorrect. A complex issue of many important dimensions with many players who contributed
to the entire thing. My contribution to the study of the famine is here.

Irish Jokes - The biggest and best Irish jokes website on the world wide web! We have hundreds of
Irish jokes to entertain and offend you!

Irish jokes and blessings.

Irish jokes for St. Patrick's Day.

Irish mythology (many stories). Mythological, Ulster, Fenian cycles.

Irish Myths, Legends and Folktales — great music!

Irish reference.


Irish tales.

"The Leprechaun and the Red Scarf" - Skeleton is in my workshop handout Storytelling with Young Learners.


"Mongan's Frenzy" from Rick Walton.

Patrick and Brigid short stories are in this collection.


Richard Marsh, Storyteller, Irish Myths, Legends, Folk Tales and International Stories. There are so many grand books, and even sites for pronunciation names, but I find the best for names are tapes with the stories on them.


Sacred myths and sagas and legends of several traditions from out-of-copyright books, including lots of good Irish stuff such as Lady Gregory's two books: Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland (Forgotten Books) and Cuchulain of Muirthemne.

St. Patrick Resource Page.

Yeats' Fairy and Folk Tales of the irish Peasantry, edited and seleced by W.B. Yeats
Includes full text version of The White Trout and all other stories in this book.

Yeats' Irish Fairy and Folk Tales, full text stories.

Advice, comments and references from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

Book titles and online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to get more information.
Posts are listed chronologically as they are received by Story Lovers World.
No attributions were included in posts prior to 2005.

1) Query: There is a story about a leprechaun caught by the young person, promises to show the gold, it's under a bush, young person marks the bush with red garter or suspender, upon return, all bushes in the field are so marked. I have the Jacobs version and wondered if there were more.

Response: That's basically it. Susan Reed of South Carolina, a fairly well-known folk singer in the 1960s, sang a version that had the leprechaun saying to the young man, "The gold is in the purse of the woman over there," and when he turned to look, the leprechaun was gone. The woman was never there. When I tell the story, I insert the leprechaun's attempt to divert the man's attention that way, but he says, "No, I've heard of that trick before, and I'm not falling for it."

2) Despite the American pre-occupation with leprechauns....not all that many stories about them.
I have my leprechaun collections here. Clever Tom is a good one and you can stretch it out easily enough but not much content....I like to combine a few.
Conrad B.

Query: I have an old school reader here with the story...acknowledgements simply indicate "old story". The way they have it here is: starts out with the story called The Fairy Shoemaker. Boy Tom always wishing to be rich hunts for the fairy shoemaker in the woods....hears it in the forest "Tic-a-tack. tick-a-tack, tick-a-tack too...tack a toe, tack a heel, soon we'll have a shoe." Tom tries to catch him, the elf throws dust in Tom's face and escapes. Eventually Tom catches the elf who has to show Tom where his treasure is....points to one of many trees, tells Tom to dig there. Tom has no shovel.....wraps his yellow tie around the tree to mark it...returns with the shovel and all the trees have yellow ties on them.


The book most likely to be available for that leprechaun story is Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Linda Shute.

4) I thought I'd share an excellent page I have found through my research. The link that I have goes to http://www.authenticireland.com/galician+language
and I think that this is a great resource of information. It has info on the galician language and a good links section for even more references as well.

There's a link above that goes to

I have used that page as well, it's a great resource.

Kara McN. 3/10/10

Created 2003; last update 3/10/10

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