Leprechaun Day

A recent survey conducted by iReach Insights shows that 57% of adults think far too much alcohol is consumed on St Patrick’s Day.

1,000 adults were asked about St Patrick’s Day and their plans for the national holiday.

The results show that 47% of people in will drink alcohol and 53% won’t.

From Breaking News

 

Insp Butler also noted that St Patrick’s Day “ranks in the top days as far as deadly holidays go”.

Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said “Our numbers are going up, and that is not a trend we want to see.

“We want to see those numbers going down, preferably to zero.”

So if you see a Leprechaun, share a selfie, and never ever drink and drive.

From Breaking News

 

Drugs, even prescription, can be a cause of accidents and deaths. Read the prescription leaflet. Don’t do drugs and drive. You are risking other people’s lives.

Now there is a roadside equivalent of the Alcohol breathalyser.

Driving under the influence of drugs remains a significant problem in Ireland. Between 2009-2015, the MBRS found that of 9,734 specimens of blood and urine tested for the presence of a drug or drugs, 6,232, confirmed positive.

Research suggests that many drug drivers see little risk of being detected.

Those days are about to come to an end.

From the Independent.

Finally, Leprechauns are a modern idea, not part of ancient myth and legend. So any “little people” you see are either children, the result of intoxication or something else.

Lugh is known by the epithets Lámfada, meaning “long arm” or “long hand”), possibly for his skill with a spear or sling, Ildánach (“skilled in many arts”), Samildánach (“equally skilled in many arts”), Lonnbéimnech (“fierce striker”), Macnia (“youthful warrior/hero”) and Conmac (“hound-son”).

Leprechaun is probably a 17th or 18th corruption of Lugh of the long arm. There are no ancient stories. As a teenager I thought they were a Hollywood invention. (Darby O’Gill and the Little People mixes up a lot of myths).

Prior to the 20th century, it was generally held that the leprechaun wore red, not green.

See Lugh on Wikipedia (warning, not entirely accurate!)

See also this blog, and “Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia. Vol. 1-, Volume ” page 1200