Myth Buster #2, 3 & 4
i) The Irish are not stupid
ii) The Irish aren’t all redheads and
iii) They DO NOT BELIEVE in leprechauns any more than Indians believe in snake charmers and self-proclaimed babas!
The good-natured banter of the Irish, their affinity to crack jokes directed at themselves and their culture is probably responsible for a lot of these stupid myths doing the rounds all over the world. The Irish are generally smart though boisterous – most of them have a charm for talking, which is often almost poetic.
Only 9% of the Irish are natural redheads (trust me, I saw far more blondes than I saw redheads) and the only people that are weary of the mention of a leprechaun are the Irish themselves. If anything, I’d suggest doing away from mentioning the leprechaun or any of the other over-hyped mythological creatures associated with Ireland – don’t ask a local if they believe in leprechauns. Believe me when I say this – they don’t! Such questions are considered an instance of Paddywhackery, and is a sure-shot way of turning off an interested local. Ask them about their preferred choice of beer instead, and make friends for life 😉
Have you been to Ireland? Were your experiences different than mine? Are you tempted to visit after reading this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!