A leprechaun is an Irish "elf". They are small in size, and some say they look like a tiny, old man in a top hat and red beard. They are tricky fellows and like to play pranks on unsuspecting people.
Legend says that leprechauns are shoemakers (also called cobblers). Curiously enough, they only make one of each type of shoe. It is said that you can tell a leprechaun is near if you hear the tapping of their hammers.
Each leprechaun also has a pot of gold. Some say they bury it in secret places only they can reach; others say they hide it at the end of the rainbow. One thing is for sure though, if you catch a leprechaun he will lead you to his pot of gold and give it to you as a bribe to let him go.
Remember, leprechauns are tricky fellows, so you must be creative and tricky when deciding on a way to try to catch him. You can try to lure him to you and grab him, or you can try to build a trap to capture him in. If you are lucky enough to capture one, your work is not done yet. Legend says you cannot take your eyes of him for even a second or he will disappear.