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Mar 16, 2017

Ever wonder why a four-leaf clover is considered lucky? Or what, exactly, luck of the Irish is and why are the Irish associated with luck? And are leprechauns supposed to be good spirits? Or bad spirits?

For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck. And considering this episode is hitting right around St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to touch on these superstitions surrounding the Irish culture.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Luck of the Irish.

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Media:

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Sources:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/30236/luck-irish-old-mining-expression

http://www.theemeraldisle.org/irish-sayings/luck-of-the-irish.htm

http://www.livescience.com/37626-leprechauns.html

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/lucky-charms-50th-anniversary-things-you-didn-t-know-about-the-general-mills-cereal-thrillist-nation

https://www.irishindeed.com/legend-of-the-shamrock

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2010/09/21/national/56-leaf-clover-new-guinness-record/#.WLsFpFXytD8

http://people.howstuffworks.com/why-are-four-leaf-clovers-lucky.htm