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While fairies from all over the world have their place in the books of myths and legends, there are none quite as popular as the fairies of Ireland. Irish fairies are mischievous, kind, helpful, a little arrogant, and can be beastly if you get on their wrong side.

Although most Irish fairies are classified as either Trooping Fairies or Solitary Fairies, there seems to be a whole subset of miscellaneous fairies that don't seem to be formally tied to either list.

While many fairies prefer to live in bands, large and small, there are also individual fairies who live alone. These individual fairies usually do not dress as grandly as those of the bands. The lone fairies wear different outfits of fox skins, leaves, green moss, flowers, moleskins, or cobwebs.

Here is a partial list of Irish miscellaneous fairies:


Irish Miscellaneous Fairies




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(50 x 50 x 256) (3623 bytes) AEVAL: An Irish fairy queen from Munster. The name literally means burning fire, which may have been a byword for the notion of ‘ardor’.
(49 x 60 x 64) (1448 bytes) AIBELL: An Irish fairy queen who played a magical harp that if heard by humans they would die.
(32 x 35 x 16) (2136 bytes) ANKOU (GRIM REAPER): Can be found in Brittany, Cornwall, Wales and Ireland. He is also known as Father Time. He drives a black cart or coach, and brings death. No one has ever seen his face.
Ballybog BALLYBOGS: Peat or bog faeries. They have bulbous, mud-covered bodies and long spindly legs and arms. They are known as boggles to the Cornish, and in England are called boggans.
(33 x 65 x 256) (1393 bytes) BEAN-FIONN (WATER WOMAN): Known in Germany as the weisse frau and in England as Jenny Greentooth. She loves to drown young children.
Bean Tighe BEAN-TIGHE: Small, elderly faeries, who are similar to Scottish brownies, and spend their time in Irish homes performing household chores. You can invite them to clean your home by leaving out strawberries and cream.
Changeling CHANGELINGS: The sickly, deformed baby of the sheoque fairy. The sheoques steal into your house in the middle of the night and 'trade' their sickly baby for your healthy human baby.
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(42 x 52 x 256) (3223 bytes) FOMORS: An ancient tribe of sub-aquatic monsters. Their name means the 'dark of the sea,' and they were thought to be the opposite of all that is good in the world.
Far Dorocha - Dark Man FAR DOROCHA (DARK MAN): He serves the Fairy Queen and is the chief agent in mortal abduction...
(38 x 34 x 16) (485 bytes) FAR LIATH (GRAY MAN): Appears as a fog and covers land and sea with his mantle.
Leprechaun GANCANAGH: He lazily strolls though lonely valleys making love to the foolish country lasses and "gostering" with the idle "boys."
Grogogh GROGOGH: He has the power of invisibility. The grogogh loves to help with planting and harvesting as well as household chores.
Leanan Sidhe LEANAN SIDHE (THE DARK MUSE): Fairy mistresses who seek the love of men. Some say the same Fairy Mistress as the solitary fairy leanhaun shee...
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(64 x 64 x 64) (5559 bytes) LESIDHE : They are the guardian of the forests and are always disguised in foliage.
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(55 x 22 x 32) (4139 bytes) SELKIES: The selkies are a gentle creature who are seals by day, but, men and women by night.
Sidhe Fairy SIDHE (GOOD PEOPLE): Fairy people in the folklore of Ireland. Their name comes from the mounds or ancient barrows known as sidh where they are said to live and means "people of the (fairy) hills".

The fairies all have vanished from the meadow and the glen,
And I would fain go seeking till I find them once again.
Lend me now a lantern that I may bear a light,
To find the hidden pathways in the darkness of the light.

Rose Fyleman, Alms in Autumn


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