Wine Education: Folklore and the Clurichaun (the Leprechaun’s Lesser-Known, Drunken Cousin)
If you've found that your bottles of wine have been mysteriously vanishing lately, or you've discovered that a cask that you've been saving has spontaneously sprung a leak, you just might have a disgruntled clurichaun on your hands.
The clurichaun is an imp from Irish folklore who is said to dwell in well-stocked wine-cellars. He is typically described as being akin to a leprechaun, as they are both small, have similar features, and both often have secret access to treasure. Unlike leprechauns, however, clurichauns are marked by a penchant for fine drink and are known for their erratic temperaments. It is also said that they can often be heard merrily singing or making a general commotion about the house.
According to legend, if a clurichaun is treated well by his host, he will become a protector of their wine stores and their family. He will guard their cellar from intruders and keep their vintages safe. Fortunately, making a clurichaun a happy guest is easy enough: simply be polite and keep the wine flowing. (Coincidentally, these are the same things that keep us happy guests.)
An angry clurichaun, on the other hand, is no laughing matter- he will stop at nothing to wreak havoc upon the homes of all those who have crossed him. If he has a less than gracious host, he will typically seek his revenge in the form of spoiled wine and a trashed wine-cellar, but he sometimes resorts to more drastic acts.
As lovers of wine, we know how important it is to keep our wine safe and in good condition, so it's easy to see how legends of clurichauns spread in popularity. While we can't say that clurichauns are anything more than fairy tales, we can say that we would be happy to help you build a wine collection that would get any clurichaun on your good side.
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Yeats, W. B. Fairy and Folktales of the Irish Peasantry. Walter Scott, 1888.
Croker, Thomas Crofton. Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland.
Keightley, Thomas. The Fairy Mythology. Whittaker, Treacher, 1833.
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- Adam Linet