Feeling lucky? Celebrate the luck of the Irish with our slideshows about famous pop culture leprechauns and travel photos of Ireland – you’ll find out why it’s fun to be green on this holiday.
Claim to Fame: Probably the most recognizable leprechaun in pop culture - Lucky lives on the cover of the General Mills cereal box, Lucky Charms.
With his cute Irish accent and mischievous charm - this is one leprechaun who's goofy and spunky. Plus, he peddles magically delicious cereal, the perfect, albeit sugary, St. Patty's Day breakfast treat. We gave him a 3 out of 4 clover rating, for having timeless green accessories, a sweet disposition and all of his red hair even though he is well over 40.
Photo Credit: General Mills
Name: The Leprechaun or The Fighting Irish
Claim to Fame: Mascot for Notre Dame
There's nothing like a fist full of feisty. And, this is one leprechaun with plenty of it. We gave this Irish team player a 4 out of 4 clover rating, because there's nothing like a spirited little fella who brings luck to his favorite team and changes the school's mascot from tame (the mascot used to be Irish Terriers), to national fame, as a symbol of grit, determination and tenacity. It's no wonder the dean switched the mascot and dubbed Notre Dame the Fighting Irish in 1927.
Photo Credit: Notre Dame Athletics
Name: Leprechaun Bully
Claim to Fame: The Simpsons
All's fun and games until someone does a jig on your noggin. Remember the St. Patrick's Day episode of the Simpsons? We do. This singing and dancing leprechaun started a festive party at the Simpsons house on Evergreen Terrace, but then picked a fight with Santa's Little Helper. And while singing and dancing are fine, no one bites Santa's Little Helper. Despite his jaunty little dance and funny voice, this leprechaun didn't charm us.
Name: Leprechaun King Brian Connors
Claim to Fame: Ruled the Leprechaun Kingdom in Darby O'Gill and the Little People
As one of the few old films with a politically correct title, we'll give the King of the Leprechauns a two Clover Rating. He's a manipulative elf-sized sprite, trying to keep Darby O'Gill in his kingdom, but we'll excuse his big time kidnapping because of his miniature old time clothes. Plus, we kind of like his bling and all the king's tiny horses.
Photo Credit: Disney
Name: The Leprechaun
Claim to Fame: The Leprechaun Horror Films (1-6)
Though this murderous leprechaun is one of the first pop culture examples we could think of - we're not that fond of his height complex and greed. Intense blood lust aside, we do appreciate this shorty's affinity for sparkling shoes and his commitment to that buckled hat.
Photo Credit: IMDB
Claim to Fame: Professional Wrestling for WWE
Being tough doesn't necessarily mean you have to be as tall as The Rock. Dylan Postl wrestles as Hornswoggle, a leprechaun with attitude who will cheat, hoodwink, swindle or hoax competitors in the ring. Hornswoggle is the first little person to win a World Wrestling Entertainment title (he won the Cruiserweight Championship in 2007). He is also the youngest (21-years-old at the time), shortest and lightest competitor to win.
Photo Credit: WWE
Name: Leprechauns or "Wee People"
Claim to Fame: Starting the whole leprechaun legend.
Without the myth, there would be no legend of leprechauns and the joy that they bring - from the discovery of a shamrock - to the hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Irish tales about fairies are filled with descriptions of these crafty creatures who look like 3-foot-tall old men.
In many stories the leprechauns are smart and always manage to hold on to their gold. Some say these stories of fantastical trickery date back centuries. Depictions in art and mythology range from images of little men in buckled shoes and hats working as shoe cobblers, to more gremlin-like figures.
So there you have it -- the low-down on the legendary creature that might just give you the luck of the Irish this St. Patty's day.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia.org
A view of Clare Island from the top of Croagh Patrick, the 2,510-foot peak in County Mayo where St. Patrick supposedly fasted for 40 days in 441 A.D., in Ireland.
(AP Photo/David Pace)
The river Quoile winds through the countryside near Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland.
(AP Photo/ Audrey Woods)
Giant's Causeway, a cliffside formation of crystal-shaped rocks, seen in an undated handout photo, is Northern Ireland's most famous attraction. As the Irish Republican Army and pro-British paramilitary groups stick to cease-fires, tourists are discovering that Northern Ireland no longer lives up to it bad reputation.
(AP Photo/Northern Ireland Tourist Board)
Ha'Penny Bridge is shown on the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.
(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
This undated photo shows Bunratty Castle, in County Clare, Ireland. Bunratty features a folk park recreating 19th century Victorian Ireland and a medieval banquet, with storytelling and medieval music.
(AP Photo/Tourism Ireland)