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Know your fairies page

 


The Irish peasants left to fend for themselves in a world dominated by a corrupted 
church, oppressive landlords and an absence of local government and medicine turned
to their own imaginations to understand and order the world around them-to make their
peasant culture work.  Stories like Nera and the Dead Man helped children to remember
rules for staying healthy and safe and to maintain sanitation. Images from the ancient 
tales combined with observations -the wind in the winter forest-the Banshee- helped 
them to explain natural occurrences. You     too should know them when you meet them!! 


The Sociable Fairies 

l.The Sheoques: Lived in sacred thorn bushes. Thief fairy music lead humans astray.  
Sometimes they switched  a child with a fairy child to create a changeling which they 
caused to die in one year. 

2. The Merrows: Seen as little horn less cows but really they have fishes tails and 
wear a red cap (cohuleen driuth). The men have green teeth. green hair, pigs eyes 
and red noses-women are beautiful and prefer human mates. 

The Solitary Fairies 

1.The Leprechaun: The Legend of the Leprechaun 
A leprechaun looks like a small,  old man about 2 feet tall. He is usually 
dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to 
legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes. 
Leprechauns possess a hidden pot of gold and treasure hunters track down a 
leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If caught, he can be forced 
to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. 
If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun (and he often tricks them into looking away), 
he vanishes and hope of finding the treasure is lost.  

2.The Cluricaun: Robbing wine cellars and riding sheep and shepherds dogs the live
long night-found panting and mud covered in the morning. 

3.The Gonconer(Ganconagh)-Love talker, Idler, appears making love to 
shepherdesses and milkmaids -smokes a pipe. 

4.The Fear Darrig-Red man, Joker gives evil dreams 

5.The Pooka-A horse ass etc... takes rider on a wild ride and shakes him off in the 
gray of morning especially drunkards-a drunkards sleep is his kingdom. When it 
rains with sun shining that means he will be out that night.  When berries are killed
 by frost it is the Pooka's spit which is upon them and they should not be eaten. 

6.The Dullahan-Headless or carrying his head. Black coach a bower with headless 
horses it goes to your door and if you open it a basin of blood is thrown at you-death omen. 

7.Leanhaun Shee-Fairy mistresses seeks love of men-if they refuse she is their slave -
If they consent they are hers-her lovers waste away -you must find one to go in your place. 

8.The Fear Gorta-Man of hunger-brings good luck to those who give him food. 

9.Banshee-Fairy woman -morning-wails over dead and calls for them. 

10.The Fear Sidhe: Male Fairy (there are also fairies for parts and aspects of the home,
for water (sherie) light Soullh and a host of lake fairies, dragons and ghosts) 

 

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