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Updated on November 3, 2013

Cousin of the Leprechaun


Clobhairs and His Nibs

In Irish lore, the Clurichaun is cousin to the better known Leprechaun. Often also called "clobhairs" and His Nibs, the Clurichaun is smaller than a Leprechaun and is like a night time version of its gold hoarding cousin.

To say I've turned up conflicting assertions about the nature of this creature is a gross understatement.

Some (only a few) say the Clurichaun is a much more cheerful fey entity than are Leprechauns and that these little feys are good luck to have around - provided you don't crowd them or stifle them - they like their freedom. They will even help you around the house or farm... If you're polite when dealing with a Clurichaun it is said they will stay on with you and guard your wine cellar but if you tick them off - or if they find you drunk, they'll wreak havoc upon your home/establishment and you'll never be able to keep wine again (it will turn to vinegar). They like to become active at night, like to drink and mess around while most people are catching up on sleep.

More accounts than not tell of the Clurichaun as being more nasty-tempered and more mischievous than a Leprechaun and a heck of a boozer - often turning into one of those "nasty drunks" that most people like to avoid at all costs. In their drunken rowdiness, Clurichauns may hop on your livestock or large dogs and ride the sheep or canines around in the middle of the night. Perhaps you've never seen the little fay but it's a good bet your livestock and dogs have.

Many sources I've encountered say Clurichauns and Leprechauns are exactly the same type of Irish being - just named differently according to who's telling about them in different regions of Ireland e.g. in different Irish land regions, some prefer to say "Clurichaun," others down the road or across the land prefer to say "Leprechauns."

What I seem to be finding is that where Clurichauns are said to be nasty little things, the Wikipedia article on Clurichauns is heavily quoted or copied and pasted. The Clurichaun article on Wikipedia definitely says Clurichauns are the more "surly" than their shoe maker cousins and mentions a few literature references where these fey are prominently in text. Unfortunately, the article has a word count of less than 400 words, so I turned to Hub Pages to learn more about Clurichauns.

Rendition of Michele McLaughlin's "The Clurichaun"

Already on Hub Pages

The most interesting articles on Clurichans that I've found so far are actually coming from Hub Pages writers! This doesn't always happen when I'm researching for writing my own hubs but is definitely the case on this topic.

I've really enjoyed some Fairy topic hubs by kittythedreamer and really like her hub, entitled, Faerie Folklore: The Leprechaun and the Clurichaun. This hub also mentions the name, "His Nibs" as another handle for the Clurichaun.

Herself by Diane Duane

I found the Clurichaun in a modern story by Diane Duane. As I started researching a few days ago for this hub (It's part of the Alphabet Challenge I'm doing September 2012), I found an Irish author, Diane Duane and her story, "Herself," available in full version on Wattpad.

Here's the page: Herself by Diane Duane

If you have time to read a short story, this one is very entertaining! The story is only 15 pages long but filled with adventure, funny stuff, a mystery and a bunch of fey folk, including clurichauns, banshees, leprechauns, dullahans (there's a Feyfolk Pub in here - check it out), and more.


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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Lol! yes I will!

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      OH! I KNEW IT!!! If anyone has seen one of the li'l gaffers, it would be Nell Rose. Excellent... okay, so next time, after Dublin and a few drinks, while crossing the muddy field... put your digi-recorder on or something... nab proof of the li'l guy :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      LOL! well, sort of.....maybe that night, in Dublin after a few drinks and crossing the muddy field? um, or it could have been a rabbit! Haha!

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hello suzettenaples, yep, I think you'll have to be very careful on wine drinking nights from now on, now that you are aware of the clurichaun.

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hi DzyMsLizzy, I was surprised how long it took me to find out and how much digging around I had to do to find out about clurichauns.

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hi Nell Rose - you "haven't seen the little fella in ages!" ?? You have SEEN a clurichaun tho' right? :)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      You have piqued my interest and imagination. I never heard of this little guy. I have heard of Leprechauns. I will certainly be on the lookout for this little guy especially since I am a wine drinker. Thanks for an entertaining hub!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hmmm..I've never heard of this fellow. The Leprechauns seem to have stolen the limelight.

      Most interesting, and I know what you mean about the frustrations of finding massive conflicts of information when you are trying to research something. (I'm currently running into that myself on a planned Hub!)

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I only remembered the name when I saw it here, I had forgotten about the Clurchaun, haven't seen the little fella in ages! lol! I remember reading about them years ago, so this was great! voted up and shared, nell

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      mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Thanks for the thumbs up, shai77! This topic was interesting to research but I couldn't put most of what I found in the article... It seems this Irish fey is a favorite for mods in the old fashioned dice and map role playing games... that is, the Clurichaun is used a lot in fantasy RPGs - I think because not much is written about the Clurichaun, moderators of games can have creative fun with this character - take a little of what is known and then fashion and re-fashion stories and character attributes to their Clurichauns.

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      Chen 5 years ago

      This is very interesting, this lesser-know cousin to the leprechaun. Irish folklore is indeed a very rich and fascinating topic to learn about. Very nice hub, thumbs up to you.


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