Best St Patrick’s Day facts – 6 bizarre things you didn't know about the Irish event

They are typically portrayed as mischievous little creatures in green hats, jackets and trousers.

But the original Leprechauns didn’t look like that.

The early bearded fairies wore red jackets, laced with gold, according to ancient tales.

They are also believed to have sported red, pointed hats (instead of green top hats adorned with shamrocks) and white or brown beards (not ginger ones).

In 1831, Irish novelist Samuel Lover wrote that the Leprechaun was “… quite a beau in his dress, notwithstanding, for he wears a red square-cut coat, richly laced with gold, and inexpressible of the same, cocked hat,

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