A kind of male fairy. He is described by William Yeats as another diminutive being of the same tribe as the Lepracaun, but, unlike him, he personated love and idleness, and always appeared with a dudeen in his jaw in lonesome valleys, and it was his custom to make love to shepherdesses and milk- maids. It was considered very unlucky to meet him, and whoever was known to have ruined his fortune by devotion to the fair sex was said to have met a gean-cānach. A dudeen is ancient Irish tobacco pipe.

Irish Gean-cánagh, "Love talker."



  • Wright, J. (1900). The English dialect dictionary. Vol. 2. London: H. Frowde.
  • Yeats, W.B. (ed.). (1888). Fairy and folk tales of the Irish peasantry. London: Walter Scott, pp. 323-324.