Fairies have a long and fascinating history in Ireland. The folklore of the modern fairy is rooted in Celtic, Germanic, Greco-Roman origins and Christian mythology. There are many stories about how fairies first came to this world. One such origin story states that when the angels revolted and God ordered the gates of heaven closed, those still in heaven remained angels; those is hell became demons, and those caught in-between became fairies. Another tale states that these tiny mythical creatures are unfortunate souls who were never baptized and therefore could not get into heaven when they died. Whatever the case may be, fairies still play a huge role in Ireland’s folklore, so it should come as no surprise that there are places dedicated to seeking out, these tiny (perhaps) mythological creatures.
The Fairy Trails at Derrynane House, Parknasilla and Russborough House are located in a region of Ireland with both rich landscaping and history. The fairy homes, which first began to appear in 2010, are made from many different materials and are each as unique at their inhabitants. Visitors can expect to find homes made from natural woods to rubber boots and seashore findings. The best thing about the site is that it is a growing community with new homes appearing all the time. That means each time your visit the village there is a chance that you will encounter a new family of fairies.
Searching for homes on any of the Irish Fairy Trails can be a great day of fun for children and the entire family. The best part is there is no cost to visit this enchanted space and it is open 350 days a year, both day and night. The Derrynane Faerie Trail is located adjacent to the Ring of Kerry, near Caherdaniel in County Kerry, in the south west of Ireland. The Parknasilla fairy trail is located at Derryquin, near Sneem on County Kerry. For more specific information about the trails email the Fairy House Keeper or visit irishfairytrails.com.