Tag Archives: Irish


Origin of Leprechauns and Fairies

The following is a story about the origin of leprechauns and fairies.  The informant is represented by P and I am represented by K. Piece:  P: Have you ever heard about how Leprechauns were born? K: No. P: So, many, many, many years ago, there was a great battle in Heaven.  There was the Devil… Continue Reading »

The Irish Black Dog

Main piece: “The black dog is death.” Context: The informant is half Irish and half American. Her mother’s side of the family is originally from and still resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Her paternal extended family live in Sligo, Ireland. She grew up culturally Catholic, but she does not consider herself religious. Our conversation took place… Continue Reading »

What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake?

Subject: American Joke on Irish Drinking Habits Collection: “Q: What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake? A: One less drunk.” Background Info: This joke was told on the 30 March 2018 by A. Haynes. He is a resident of San Clemente, is a proud father of two children, and still married… Continue Reading »

Chimney Sweeps are Good Luck

My informant, an Irish-American male, grew up immersed in Irish culture. He was excited to share his stories with me — especially because sharing stories and poems is an important part of Irish social culture. I collected this story from him while we sat on his couch:   “So one Christmas, we had a chimney… Continue Reading »