When you think of black cats, your thoughts may turn downward, as the felines are often viewed as a harbinger of bad luck or tough times. However, in Ireland one specific black cat—the Lucky Black Bog Cat—is said to bring good fortune, prosperity, and happiness to those with whom it crosses paths.
As legend has it, this cat was larger than typical house cats and made his home on the shores of Lough Neagh, a freshwater lake located in Northern Ireland. Unsurprisingly, the area is known for its bogs, thus the name seemed suited for this creature. The elusive cat is said to have feasted on small animals and insects for survival.
Today, tourists can find replicas of small Lucky Black Bog Cats almost everywhere on the island. This version is made of Irish turf, thus bringing a piece of the land—and the cat’s luck—into your own home.