the little people of ireland

Gaoithe sidhe (ℑrish) ~ Fairy wind

“ It is a sudden gust of wind or a whirlwind that was thought to have been caused by the passing of a fairy. The people in farming communities would cross themselves when they saw the wind coming, as they became afraid when they saw a column of hay rise at one end of the field while the wind at the other end of the field was perfectly still.  Sometimes, though, it was thought that the wind was evidence that the fairies were helping with the farm labour. At other times the wind was thought to be the source of sudden illness.  It was also said it would silence mortal musicians playing fairy music and cause injury to humans or animals, especially the eyes. ”

The Púca -

The most feared of all Irish fairies, the Púca is a shapeshifting goblin that only comes out at night. It has the ability to take any form it wants but its favourite form is that of a horse. Its other common forms include: a dog, rabbit, goat or that of an old man. All of its forms have black hair or fur and have glowing yellow eyes. It can also speak while in any of its forms, but it loves to lie and use speech to trick people for its own entertainment. 

The Púca’s favourite thing to do is turn into a horse and find drunk men who are on their way home. The horse then offers the man a ride. When the man accepts the Púca takes him on the wildest ride of his life, racing across fields, preforming death defying leaps and generally scaring the man out of his wits. When the sun starts to rise the Púca will stop so suddenly that the man is thrown from the horse. They are also fond of taking a human form in order to sit and talk to a person for hours before suddenly disappearing and leaving the person very confused. In some tales their behaviour goes further than simple tricks, some of them are bloodthirsty and will attack and eat people. They have also been known to poison crops and berries. 

The only thing that will get rid of a Púca is sunlight. 


Look to the Rainbow  
A Broadway Mix for Saint Patrick’s Day

a wee mix of Broadway cast recordings, songs from soundtracks and a standard or two having to do with Ireland, set in Ireland, or sung by Irish folk.

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featuring:
‘The North Strand’ from Once
'The Streets of Dublin’ from A Man of No Importance
Ireland’ from Legally Blonde
'Pretty Irish Girl’ performed by Sean Connery, from Darby O'Gill and the Little People
'The Wedding’ from The Pirate Queen
'My Darlin’ Eileen’ from Wonderful Town
'How Are Things in Glocca Morra?’ from Finian’s Rainbow
’(I’ve Got) Beginner’s Luck’ performed by Fred Astaire from Shall We Dance?
'Sail to the Stars’ from The Pirate Queen
'Princess’ from A Man of No Importance
'Gold’ from Once
'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’ performed by Bing Crosby
'Look to the Rainbow’ from Finian’s Rainbow

 

Leprechaun -

Probably the most well known Irish fairy, Leprechauns are tricksters who are never completely good nor evil. Contrary to popular belief Leprechauns do not wear green. The modern day image of the Leprechaun is based on negative stereotypes of Irish people. In Irish folklore the appearance of Leprechauns can vary depending on what part of Ireland they are from. They usually wear red coats that are richly laced with gold and have seven rows of seven buttons. In Ulster they will also wear a cocked hat when up to anything mischievous. They are three feet tall and usually look like little old men with white hair. Leprechauns are solitary creatures and usually spend their time making or repairing shoes for other fairies when they are not playing practical jokes on people. They are extremely wealthy as they like to dig up and hoard gold that has been lost on ancient battlefields.

 It is impossible to trick a Leprechaun as they are extremely clever and magical. In one popular folktale a young man manages to catch a Leprechaun and force it to tell him where its gold is. The Leprechaun tells him it is under a particular piece of wheat in a nearby wheat field so the man ties a red string around the piece of wheat and leaves to fetch a shovel. When he returns, every piece of wheat in the field has an identical red string tied around it so it was impossible to find the gold. There are hundreds of stories like this around Ireland because Leprechauns are expert con-men and constantly find new ways to trick people. No matter how close a human thinks they are to finding their gold they will never find it.

The Leprechauns’ practical jokes can be dangerous at times. According to one story the King of Ulster fell asleep on a beach and woke up to find himself being dragged into the sea by a group of Leprechauns. There have even been tales of men loosing their minds due to Leprechaun trickery. 

anonymous asked:

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