Leprachauns: Irish Fairies? Real or Not?

What Exactly is a Leprachaun?

First let’s start with what exactly a leprechaun is. A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. People report him as being a little old bearded man that is usually wearing green. He lives to play jokes on people and has  mischievous soul.  He may be a bit naughty but he is not truly evil. His name “leprechaun” is derived from the Irish word “leipreachán,” meaning “a pigmy, a sprite, or leprechaun.”

The legend of the leprechaun came from medieval folklore in a story titled, “The Echtra Fergus mac Léti (Adventure of Fergus son of Léti).  The story tells of Fergus mac Léti, King of Ulster, falls asleep on the beach and wakes to find himself being dragged into the sea by three leprechauns. After he captues his own abductors he says they grant him three wishes in exchange for releasing him.

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We, at myparanormal.org are yet to find any real concrete evidence, videos or pictures of any real leprechaun sightings. But if you know of any, please place them in the comments below. So far it seems as if the leprechaun is just a fun little myth that has continued on through the centuries.

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