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The best 10 creatures from Ireland

Updated on October 3, 2014

The little Leps


For Vampire Lovers...and maybe all those of Irish blood!

A book about Celtic blood suckers! Many short stories about vampires on the Emerald Isle!

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Yes, even Vampires can be Celts! Just in time for Halloween!

According to legend, The Emerald Isle isn't always safe! Not only are there are dozens of ghost stories from Dublin to Belfast, but they have a wide variety of legendary creatures that are fascinating to say the least! Since St. Pat's is approaching, I thought this would be a fun article.

Snakes did not make it because while there are no native species, snakes have returned. Ships from all over the world attract them and then bring them to Islands like Ireland. Here is the first one discovered in Dublin.

10. The Red Pony- Of course, this was a magical, talking horse. It had powers to help the poor and those who needed it. This was a fun tale.

10. Pucas- They are little fairies that shape shift, and play pranks on people. They are usually helpful when encountered in the hills of Ireland. Known for their good advice and orange eyes, pucas are most fond of transforming themselves into black horses.

9. Pixies- Pixies are woodland fairies that migrated from Ireland to England. The stand with humans in battle, but are pranksters in peaceful times. They also can shape shift into hedgehogs of all things.

8. Miss Tottinham- (a ghost) She is known for wandering around in bedrooms and disappearing into closets.

7. The Salamander or Flaming Lizard- Rumored to be made out of fire, this was a pet to warriors and glass blowers. There are many stories about this little one.

6. The Unicorn- Found in the deep woods, its magic is legendary. If you are lucky enough to find a pot of gold, then you may find a white unicorn, next to a rainbow ofcourse. There is even an Irish folk song about it.

5. Silkies- Both male and female, they are half seal and half human. They have strong affection for people and come to shore in human form because of that. This creature is what the mermaid legend is based on.

4. Gerald Fitzgerald 1525-1585 the 11th Earl of Kildare. Raised in a monastery, he was a faithful Catholic that married a countess. He was attacked by Henry viii and escaped as protection came from his servants and from French Royalty. He helped in the battle against the Turks, and Kildare was restored to him by Charles vi and Henry died. He was also called the Wizard Earle as he was rumored to have magic powers. That part is history. The Legend is that his spirit roams The Emerald Isle centuries later.

3. Vampires- Yes, I know that almost all cultures have legends of vampires in their countries. However there are many legends and stories based on Celtic Vampires. Celtic warriors were once known for drinking their own blood to prepare for battle against the Scotts. TIP: Bloody Irish is a great book about Celtic Vampires!

2. Banshees- Known for their awful wailing, this spirit type of creature flies around Ireland and is believed to be good, and misunderstood. Isn't that always the story?

I am sure by now that you know who number one is.

1. The Leprechaun- A little male elf who hides his gold at the end of the rainbow. Catch him, and it becomes yours!

Happy St. Pat's Day, and enjoy these stories!


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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you Traveler! The Irish culture is very rich with lore and storytelling. So many of them are creepy but well thought out and fun.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      My aunt had a book on the Ghosts of Ireland. Couldn't read the thing at night it scared me so. Glad you clarified the snake story,

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Since I have done my research, I ask that everyone else do their's! Someone claiming to have lived in Ireland their whole life is saying that there are no snakes at all in Ireland. Well, since you have lived there your whole life, you should go to your national museum and see the one found in Dublin that is on display there! Thank you!

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks for the input justateacher! That's a lot of work and this one hasn't had that many reads. If you share it with everyone you know and the numbers go up, I may invest the time. It is a good idea though.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I love all things Irish! I knew of some of these, but not all. It would be great if you could take each of these and make complete hubs from them! I would definitely read!

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you for the input! Pics are on the way, and actually, there are snakes in Ireland. There just aren't any native species.

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      prosols 6 years ago

      nice information. but this would become more intresting if you put some pics of those creatures.

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      Vincent Moore 6 years ago

      Great stories, the Celtics have so much history and it doesn't surprise me that they have so many in the Emerald Isle. Nicely done, Happy Patty Day to you to.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I didn't realize there was so much danger lurking in Ireland. Very interesting and informative.

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      itakins 6 years ago from Irl

      Good choices and I agree it's a very cool country.One thing though we have no snakes of any sort (apart from those in fish tanks,but they don't count)

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Well thank you Klena! I did not know that. What do you think of my list of best Irish movies and folk songs?

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      Klena 6 years ago from England

      As an Irelander, we never called them silkies, we called them Selkies, but it's great to see some of our wierd and wonderful fairytale creatures being listed on Hubpages.

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      LOL! I thought about putting snakes on here but, maybe he did drive them out. Besides, there are snakes in Ireland, just not any native species.

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      michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

      At least St. Patrick drove all of the snakes from Ireland. It must be true because I don't see any snakes on your list.

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Thelma. Ireland is a cool country with tremendous culture and tradition.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for the information. I only know and heard about the Leprechaun. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.