Dubh Lacha is an Irish sea fairy, better known
today as a mermaid. In Celtic legends, these beautiful sea creatures had many
names but only one story: They lured men into their arms and then into the sea
with their beauty and their irresistible songs.
Traditions say that if a mermaid
is captured, she must grant her captor three wishes. Like the genies and jins of
the Far Eastern legends, the wishes they granted always had a loophole, which
made the recipients of the their magic miserable.