Bairbre McCarthy
Bairbre McCarthy
Irish Storyteller, Author & Teacher

The Keeper of the Crock of Gold


Illustrations by Oldrich Jelen (

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Presented as a gift for President Barack Obama’s daughters by Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen on St. Patrick’s Day, 2009.

The leprechaun is the keeper of the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow and he knows where all the wealth of the world is buried. If you are lucky enough to catch him, you must keep your eyes on him at all times and not allow him to distract your attention, or he will disappear. If he does not outsmart you, he can make you very wealthy and make your wishes come true!

Chosen by Borders Ireland as Children's Book of the Month

Delightful, original stories for children of all ages.
— The Irish Times
Adults and children will be enthralled by these wonderful short stories. Learn how to treat a leprechaun with respect, because the little rascals who are grabbed or treated badly could stick a pot of soup to your nose - or worse. The world in these stories is populated by giants, princesses, fairy people and magic purses. Each tale is just the right length for a bedtime read. Oldrich Jelen’s magnificent illustrations enhance each story and create a visual delight on each page.
— The Sunday Business Post, Ireland

Favourite Irish Legends


Dual language book (Irish and English on facing pages)

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Favourite Irish Legends includes three of the most famous Irish legends in English with parallel text in Irish.: "The Children of Lir," (Leanaí Lir), "Balor of the Evil Eye," (Balor Drochshúile) and "Wooing of Etáin," (Tóraíocht Etáin). This book is a unique introduction to the legends, bringing them to life both in Irish and English.

A gem for Irish students.
— Pat O'Brian, San Diego, CA
A great introduction to the myths of Ireland and if you are learning Irish, this is a bonus!
— M.C. Delaney, Portland, OR

Irish Leprechaun Stories

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The leprechaun is famous worldwide as the keeper of the crock of gold and the grantor of wishes. He is a wise, Irish fairy shoemaker, and if you treat him with respect he may show you the way to the end of the rainbow, where all the wealth of the world is buried. Those who seek the advice of the leprechaun in these stories are richly rewarded. Humans who try to take the gold from the leprechaun do not have much luck, but their stories make us laugh.

These cautionary tales are set in a world populated by giants and princesses and will capture the imagination of children of all ages.

NOTE: This is a paperback version of The Keeper of the Crock of Gold. It contains no illustrations.