No Lady Leprechauns?….Maybe that’s a good thing?

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It’s true there are no lady leprechauns…. The History of Irish Fairies,’ book states that there is no record in Irish folklore of leprechauns having a female counterpart in their ranks or even a solid record of how they procreate or reproduce. I’m thinking that there might have been a good reason to support not having women in the leprechaun ranks. My guess is since leprechauns are described as devious characters who are grouchy, untrusting, and solitary creatures, standing 2-3 feet tall ….the Gods just saw fit to eliminate ladies from such an unattractive group.

Leprechauns are members of the Tuatha Dé Danann tribe pronounced “Thoo a Du-non.” The Tuatha de Danann were a magical race that possessed supernatural powers. OK so that seems a bit unfair that the ladies are loosing out on the super powers gig, right? But wait…..This race was also known to believe in Goddess Danu who is the most ancient of the Celtic gods. She was referred to as the mother of the Leprechauns who represented the earth and its fruitfulness. Many names of places in Ireland are associated with her, most notable the Paps of Anu in Kerry, which resemble the breasts of a large supine female. Kind of like our Grand Tenton’s in Wyoming….

Kerry Fine | East Kerry | The Paps

She is the ‘beantuathach’ (farmer), which reinforces the fertility aspect of the goddess. Rivers are associated with her, and represent the fertility and abundance in a land. There is a suggestion that Danu might have had dual characteristics, one being the beneficent, nurturing mother goddess, and another being the strong, malevolent side of the warrior goddess. The root “dan” in ancient Irish means art, skill, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom.

In the final analysis I have to say that women have a place in Irish folklore that is far more prominent than the men. Sure, leprechauns get to play tricks and cause mischief like turning your toilet water, beer and cereal milk green….. But… they also spend Saint Paddy’s Day trying to avoiding capture …..because it’s legend that Leprechauns will bring you luck if you catch one.


Since Leprechauns have no record of how they procreate or reproduce, I take this to mean they don’t have sex. A fact that has lead to their personality disorder as devious, grouchy, untrusting, and solitary creatures.

By comparison lady Mother Goddesses who are fertile, fruitful, knowledgeable, wise, skillful and well endowed
I suggest this means they are having sex, which I’m sure has resulted in them being less grouchy than the boys.

So here is the “what would you rather” question……
Would you rather be a lonely, grouchy Leprechaun who get’s chased but never get’s lucky himself……
Would you rather be a Goddess with a great figure, who is fertile (get’s lucky a lot) and has a day job as warrior, artist and poet.

Ladies….I think the advantage here is clear…. Leprechauns are a boy’s club …let’s not be rubbing our faces in it please…

Thanks you…. “Sláinte!”

This post is dedicated to my great, great grandparents Matthew and Jane (Orr) Ferguson both born in Donegal, Ireland 1820.

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