For this week’s fairy tale I looked at the Irish tale of The Pot Of Gold. I looked at this one as tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
This story centres around a character called Donal O’Malley. He was walking along one day when he heard some hammering and tapping. It turns out it was a leprechaun. Donal was very excited as he knew that if you found a leprechaun, they had to tell you where they’d hidden their pot of gold. He was desperate to be rich. The leprechaun tried to delay telling Donal where his pot of gold was. However, he tricked Donal. He took him to the middle of a cabbage field and showed him a specific spot where the pot of gold was buried. Donal needed a spade to pick up the cabbage to retrieve the gold.
Donal decides to tie a red ribbon around the cabbage and rushes off to get a spade. Before he goes, he warns the leprechaun not to touch the cabbage. The leprechaun promises but whilst Donal goes away, the leprechaun ties red ribbons around all of the other cabbages. How crafty!
When Donal returns, there’s no sign of the leprechaun. All Donal can hear is a chuckle and the tap and hammer of the leprechaun…
An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)