What Do Leprechauns Do For a Day Job and Why Did St. Patrick Banish Snakes From Ireland?

There were never any snakes in Ireland.

The story of St. Patrick banishing snakes from Ireland is a metaphor for the eradication of paganism during the fifth century.

St. Patrick did, however, superimpose a circle representing the sun, a powerful pagan symbol, on what is known as the Celtic cross.

As for leprechauns, these two foot tall creatures are employed as shoemakers for other fairies.