This is probably one of the strangest films Disney ever made, but it’s my guilty St. Patrick’s Day pleasure.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: At the climax of the film you will see a banshee. It will scare anyone under the age of seven…tee-two.
It’s interesting to compare Darby O’Gill’s first wishes with his last. The first time he caught the leprechaun, he was focused on his own health and prosperity, crowning off his wishes with a pot of gold.
After getting tricked into losing those wishes, Darby O’Gill eventually gets a second chance at his wishes. Without going into what happens with the first two wishes, he is left with one final wish.
By this point, Darby O’Gill has been forced into retirement and is the laughingstock of the entire village. If he gets his pot of gold, his wealth and reputation will be solved. But what does Darby O’Gill value the most?
The answer arrives when the coiste-bodhar — the death coach that carries souls to the land of the dead — comes for his daughter, Katie. As the legend goes, once the coach has arrived it cannot return empty. That’s when Darby O’Gill decides to use his final wish to take Katie’s place in the coach.
The leprechaun, sad to see him go, says, “You’ve been a grand adversary, ‘tis sorry I am to see you come to this.”
Darby replies, “I could endure anything if Katie was alright…it’s better for the old to die than the young.”
So what makes a man wealthy? What do we value the most?
The answer lies in how we spend our time. And when we make our own journey to the land of the dead, it will be too late to wish for more.
“Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you.” – Alma 39:14