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  • English name for the household sprite known in Irish as clúracán, clúrachán, clutharachán. The cluricaune is one of three kinds of solitary fairy in Ireland, the other two being the leprechaun and the far darrig. Dinneen's Dictionary (Dublin, 1927) defines the term only as ‘dwarfish sprite’. The cluricaune is usually a withered little man, like the leprechaun, but he may have more of a pink tinge to his nose. As a solitary fairy, he is more likely to be dressed in red than in green. He shows no desire to do work of any kind and is dressed like a weekend gentleman with silver buckles on his shoes, gold lace on his cap, and blue silk stockings below his breeches. Like the leprechaun, he may know where gold is hidden, but he may carry in addition the spré na scillenagh "shilling fortune" or sparán na scillinge "purse of shillings", a purse flowing with silver.

    January 30, 2008