Here’s one of the less harmful creatures we’ve seen in the compendium so far — if you don’t mind a little drunken rowdiness.
The Clurichaun / Clobhair / His Nibs
The clurichaun is the Irish leprechaun’s perpetually drunken cousin. At night they ride dogs and sheep, and generally cause trouble when not hidden away drinking in a wine cellar. The clurichaun is usually depicted wearing red, instead of green like the leprechaun, and always male.
Surly, solitary little creatures, a clurichuan will choose a home and appoint himself guardian of the wine cellar (or liquor cabinet). If you treat a one well, he will happily guard your liquor and home at all costs. To appease a clurichuan, keep your liquor cabinet well stocked and thank him for his services otherwise he may cause mischief in the home, like spoiling the wine or spilling it in a tantrum.
- When Good Faeries Go Bad – Some bits of folk stories as well as general info and references.
- The Clurichaun – More info and references
Related creatures: leprechaun, faerie
Region of origin: Ireland
Would you want one of these little fellows in your home? I’m undecided.