LEPRECHAUNS and St Patrick’s Day have long gone hand in hand.
The clad-in-green, bearded ‘fairies’ – inspired by Irish folklore – have become one of the highlights of the annual celebration and it’s not hard to find St Patrick’s Day party goers dressed head-to-toe in the leprechaun gear.
Although the leprechaun is regarded as one of the symbols of March 17, its origins stretch deep into Ireland’s history, back to the eighth century.
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But where did the myth about these small creatures begin?