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The Irish Leprechaun has been a staple of popular culture, cartoons, drinking songs, and cereal advertizing for so long that you'd be forgiven for not realizing that this pint-sized pygmy has a very legitimate standing in the annals of Irish mythology. The word 'Leprechaun' is itself a derivative of Middle Irish, meaning 'small-body.' According to local Irish folklore, Leprechauns are descendants of the Tuatha De Danaan, a group of mystical beings that arrived in Ireland hundreds of years before the Celts invaded the island. With the eventual arrival of human settlers, these creatures are said to have created entrances into Ireland's damp underground, then disappeared beneath the soil. To this day, believers claims that the creatures still remain in the underground realm, usually coming to the surface only at night.

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