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UploadedMarch 6, 2010
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You can tell it is getting close to St Patrick's Day. In the northern climes of the U.S., the leprechauns that emigrated during the potato famine started a tradition of building small snowmen in early March.
This one has generated some controversy. There is one school of thought that this sculpture was created by the Welsh cousins of the Leprechauns. The thinking is that the dog shown here is very much like a Welsh Corgi. If true, this is the first recorded instance of a small snow sculpture created by non-Irish descended wee people. If not true, then there may be a culture shift developing within the Leprechaun community that may require further research.

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  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Verrrrrrry clever, Mike!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Very interesting story and I love the miniature snowman and dog : )

  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    Terrific story! Perfect photo to accompany it!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    This is perfect, it sounds like an Irish story to me!!!!!!! Well done Mike.

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (7 Mar 2010):

    There MIGHT have been some Guinness involved.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    Thats a corgi alright. The snow Leprechaun was also created by Welsh cousins of the Leprechauns. The possum told me so..

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (7 Mar 2010):

    Woo Hooo! The first recorded instance of a snow sculpture by non-Leprechauns. Because eveyone knows that possums are definitive experts on such things. That is cause for celebration. Let's see..... maybe it should be some Bailey's for this...

    Thanks Jim for the spotlight. It is very kind and much appreciated (even though you had no idea of the implications of encouraging me).

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    I had no idea, then I was talking to the possum last night (pix to prove) what he was talking about. He ranted on for several minutes about the Welsh and Leprechauns. I just thought perhaps he had eaten to many wild berries.

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (7 Mar 2010):

    He may well have eaten too many wild berries, but that doesn't mean he didn't know what he was talking about. As a wise person once pointed out to me, Possums have been around for a very, very long time and we should believe what they say.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Cute cute cute, :o)

  • Rich Klein

    Rich Klein gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    LOL Nice shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Very well captured,,

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    I just have to agree with Michael here. He knows I have it stright from the possums mouth!!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    too funny Leprechaun's are real right love this capture !! :)

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (9 Mar 2010):

    Cute!!! :)

  • alan shapiro

    alan shapiro said (10 Mar 2010):

    Totally charming from creation to capture. Made me smile and look forward to our next snow (which hopefully won't be until next winter cuz I'm done)

    Bravo, Michael.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Ah...this is cute...Love it and the story .... you have my vote!

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (10 Mar 2010):

    BREAKING NEWS: In an exclusive interview with the Wee People Weekly, Cris the Leprechaun, owner of the Great Lakes Leprechaun Lodge and Cobbler Shop, thanks Professor Possum (a term of endearment given to Possums by Leprechauns) for exposing the heinous acts of these Welsh Pixies, Cris then goes on to say, "To suggest that a Corgi, no doubt an honorable beast, could e'er be included in our oldest tradition 'tis crazy. I'll tell ya, we'll not be standin' for that!" In a flash, before this reporter could ask another question, this enraged Leprechaun vanished. An unidentified source has suggested that Cris has gone to seek the advice of The Professor. We continue to investigate this important story.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi said (10 Mar 2010):

    Professor Possum, though not coming to visit tonight as school is still in session, left these thoughts with me. No Animal, nor beast of any description shall ever be excluded from any event of merrymakings. Cris, the Leprechaun and owner of the Great Lakes Leprechaun Lodge and Cobbler Shop must be made to understand that the Wee Welsh Pixies mean no harm and are, by the nature of their being, are quite sociable folk. We must look into this history to be able to begin to understand. The year 616, divided the Celts the north from those of the southwest, the people of Wales were mostly on their own. They soon began to think of themselves as a distinct nation. The Welsh people themselves still prefer to call themselves Cymry, their country Cymru and their language Cymraeg. They are indeed a proud people.

    Now Ireland. There is Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They, to this very day, are not united. I add that in case someone missed the news of the past 50 years plus.

    I had to take you through all this history for you to understand. As you have described the circumstances in this case, it seems the Leprechaun Cris is indeed at fault here.

    Professor Possum teaches tolerance and love. He is not a fighter. He feels the Leprechauns need to open their doors and let the Wee Welsh Pixies into the fold. In case he forgot, he is not in his homeland. He and The Pixies have come here to start a new life. To teach their history, merrymaking , and mayhem to the new world. The Welsh Corgi and the Irish Wolf Hound get along and they must teach their owners to do the same.

    Professor Possum also says the REAL ENEMIES to the Wee people are those cutting down the Forests and plowing up the Meadow lands and Mushroom Fields where the Leprechauns and the Wee Welsh Pixies live. ...

    It was just to much for me to think about. They have let their differences infect their relationships with the Little People on both sides.

    Exhibit A

    Leprechaun - a mischievous elf in Irish folklore

    Pixies - are mythical creatures of English folklore

    Conclusion- They are the same - except for the fact they are from different regions. They must put their prodigiousness's aside and gather make Merriment on the forth coming Holiday.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful glistering snow animals. Well done.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to start drinking again!

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (11 Mar 2010):

    NEWS ALERT: In a remarkable turn of events, after a meeting brokered by Professor Possum, a joint statement was issued by Cris the Leprechaun, owner of the Great Lakes Leprechaun Lodge and Cobbler Shop, and Dafyyd the Pixie representing the Wee Welsh Community (sometimes referred to as the Wee WC).

    In this joint statement Dafyyd explained that the corgi sculpture was added by some youthful pixies in the spirit of fun. There had been exuberant celebrations of St. David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, and some hi jinx had resulted. He reinforced that there had been no intent to offend anyone. For his part, Cris the Leprechaun apologized for his clear overreaction to such a minor incident and, further stated, that the corgi sculpture was of the highest order.

    Also contained in the joint statement is an agreement, henceforth, to jointly celebrate their respective patron saints' holidays. Since they are in such close proximity (March 1 for St David's Day and March 17 for St Patrick's day) the celebration will be 17 days long in order to symbolically join the two communities. The events will be marked with concerts, snow sculpture competitions and much merry making.

    The final part of the joint statement had high praise for Professor Possum. As Cris said, "Without Professor Possum's wisdom and friendship to all the wee folk, this agreement would not have been possible. The Professor's actions have earned both Dafyyd's and my heartfelt thanks and enduring respect."

    The two wee men were last seen walking arm-in-arm beside The Professor towards a nearby establishment to enjoy the local cider.

    Source: Wee People Weekly

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (11 Mar 2010):

    My thanks to all of you who have read this. It is much appreciated. My deepest thanks to Gloria, who made this story more enjoyable than I could have possibly imagined. Without her efforts there is no real story here. Her good nature shines through. For those of you who may not have read the stories at her site, I encourage you to do so. They are always entertaining. There is a link below to one of my favorites.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi said (11 Mar 2010):

    To Sir Michael Kenney of the Wee People Weekly:

    It is indeed, with great pleasure, I read the results of the recent meeting of Professor Possum, Cris the Leprechaun - owner of the Great Lakes Leprechaun Lodge and Cobbler Shop, and Dafyyd - the Pixie representing the Wee Welsh Community. The meeting began at 8 PM behind closed doors, and lasted well into the night. As was reported in an earlier press statement, it was the Wee Welsh lads that caused the unfortunate incident. By earlier fessing up to their Corgi prank to Dafyyd, the youthful Pixie lads have shone they are of good moral character. They had no idea what trouble they could have caused.

    It is with Great Pleasure to learn that a new tradition will be executed in the future. That being the use of the Corgi and the Wolf Hound in the snow sculptures. An even better result of this meeting, as reported earlier in the Wee People Weekly, is the combining of the two holidays. St Davids Day and St Patrick's day. The best statement of all - that was reported by Michael Kenney of the Wee People Weekly is, the new 17 day holiday that will "symbolically join the two communities." Never before has such good news been brought forth to the whole community.

    There is one more thing that was revealed to me from the reporting of

    Reporter Michael Kenney. That is the where abouts of the Professor Possum during his long absences in Alabama.

    If, for any reason you do not understand the importance of these forth coming events, I suggest you reread all that has been reported in past posts. This is indeed an event that will out do any event from the old country and the gains they have made in bringing all the peoples together is nothing short of a miracle. At this time, ALL of the littlest of people can say "Let the games begin."

    On behalf of the Professor, I would like to thank all the people of the Wee Community for their hospitality and kindness shown to my friend, The Professor, during his recent visit. I THANK YOU.

    Reported this day March 11, 2010

    Possum Hollow, Alabama

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    My vote for sure

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (12 Mar 2010):


  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (13 Mar 2010):

    B T V !!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (13 Mar 2010):


  • Sonia Davis

    Sonia Davis said (14 Mar 2010):

    I love this. :) Story is cute as well. Unique. Creating snow "men" is definitely a tradition. Great submission.

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney said (14 Mar 2010):

    Thank you all for your comments. As always they are much appreciated. I haven't been around much that last few days. Bonnie and I are packing up our house as we are getting ready to move soon. I see that this went Hot in Traditions. That would not have been possible without your comments and Gloria's wonderful contributions. She deserves the recognition. Also, Gloria, thank you for the spotlight. It was very kind.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Twas not I, twas the Professor that made the difference between just another tale and the cold hard facts. Were it not for your sharp eye in catching this wee picture, things would have gone very differently.

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    My vote. Totally wonderful!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    The little Leprechauns stayed hidden, but I just know there were some here. I think they are all out drinking again with the Professor. Wow is me.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   said (20 Mar 2010):

    Oh, this is too funny! Most entertaining to say the least... However, I have it on good authority that certain members of the North American Gnome Society are now feeling a tad like the odd man out!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    This is WILD - I couldn't get a perspective until I saw the footrpint in the background.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    This really stimulated everyone's imagination. Sorry I missed it before. An excellent entry. voted.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (22 Mar 2010):


  • David Faircloth

    David Faircloth gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    Good one Mike! Got my vote!

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    Works for me....... voted

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    That is totally cool!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    What adorable sculptures!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    I came back to vote!

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun gave props (27 Mar 2010):


  • Melissa Rieman

    Melissa Rieman gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    VOTED! Great shot!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2010):

    Fabulous stories and intervies with Progessor Possum and all concerned! Got my VOTE!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (30 Mar 2010):

    Seems the Professor had such a good time at the Great Lakes Leprechaun Lodge and Cobbler Shop, I have not seen him since.

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney gave props (30 Mar 2010):

    Could be. Once Leprechauns and pixies accept you, it can be hard to get away. I know the North American Gnome Society (NAGS) was interested in becoming a party to the agreement. Maybe The Professor is in heavy negotiations.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   said (30 Mar 2010):

    I will be keeping an ear open for any possible 'leaks' from the local NAG reps in our area. They are truly a fun lot, in spite of what the abbreviated version of their title might suggest... lol. There does seem to be an unusual buzz about the local woodland areas in our corner of the continent of late. No doubt they are up to something. WIll keep you posted if anything comes up.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (31 Mar 2010):

    Many Thanks Heather. Though not small, perhaps you could ask the Moose who visits you. Moose are very wise and don't miss much in the woods.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   said (31 Mar 2010):

    Brilliant suggestion Gloria. I never thought about that. So next time Mr. Moose visits the hay bales I'll see if I can get him to check on any unusual 'goings on' in the woodlands hereabouts.

  • Denise Male

    Denise Male said (1 Apr 2010):


  • Berette Macaulay

    Berette Macaulay gave props (5 Apr 2010):

    Awwwwwweeeee!!! So cute too! Got my vote!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Well I hope they get this sorted out soon, however it is pretty special to have snow leprechans. Great shot and "yarn". voted.

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