Many an Irish man who thought he could out smart an Irish leprechaun had selected the three wishes and would either go insane trying to think of what to wish for or their wishes would back fire.
One common story was of Seamus in County Mayo who wished to be the richest man on a tropical island. When his wish came true he suddenly realized there were no shops or pubs on the island to spend his money at or even people to talk with. Unfortunately Seamus became bored after a few hours on the Island and had to waste his third wish to return to Ireland. This could be how the phrase luck of the Irish originated.
One of the biggest tips an Irish person can give anyone is to never listen to what the Irish leprechaun says, no matter what. The leprechauns are great mind players and will say anything to confuse you into making the wrong wishes. Although they are smart they can be fooled.
Irish leprechauns are devious little creatures and will do anything to escape from man so they should never be trusted. Some say angry leprechauns are more common than friendly ones but this is very untrue. Irish leprechauns are very friendly but tend to dislike humans who always seem to chase them for wishes and pots of gold.
If you ever spot a leprechaun you may be better off to pass him by without taking notice. You can end up in more trouble than its worth if you decide to chase them as the people of Ireland know too well. Unfortunately, with cities in Ireland expanding, the poor wee leprechauns are being driven further underground away from man, taking their rainbows with them.