Near the highland passes of Kerry
Skulks a leprechaun poof, so be wary;
Should queer rainbows appear,
For Christ’s sake, guard your rear
Against the McAnally fairy.
Irish Central explains that the leprechaun legend traces back the the eighth century. They are said to be small — leprechaun means “small body” — male, bearded fairy shoemakers dressed in green (originally in red) and make distinctive tapping noises with their cobbler hammer, by which they can be identified at a distance. They are characters in cautionary tales that warn of the trappings of greed.