“The Leprechaun”


The singer sees a leprechaun and laughs anticipating a purse of gold. He grabs the leprechaun to claim the purse but is tricked into releasing the leprechaun. The singer laughs to think how he had been fooled.


The trick: singer is told that the [non-existant] lady by his side has the purse in her hand. - BS

Robert Dwyer Joyce is also credited with the Irish political songs "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and "The Boys of Wexford" in this index. - RBW


  • Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman, "The Leprechaun" (on Voice14)


  1. Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), p. 527, "The Leprahaun"
  2. Roud #5274
  3. BI, RcTLepr


Author: Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883) (source: Hoagland)
Earliest date: 1968 (recording, Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman)
Keywords: trick gold supernatural
Found in: Ireland