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A comprehensive guide to the Shamrock traditional Irish Symbol. All you need to know about the Shamrock symbol which is commonly associated with the wonderful Emerald Isle. Information and facts on the Shamrock Irish symbol, read about its meaning and origin. There are a huge number of symbols that are associated with the Irish people of Ireland, learn about the history and origin of Shamrock, a truly  iconic symbol of Ireland. Read about the symbols history and origins, everything you need to know about the Shamrock.

Irish: 'seamróg'
English: 'Shamrock'

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Origin and History of the Shamrock
The Shamrock plant is a very popular Irish symbol and worn with pride by Irish people all over the world on the 17th March every year, St Patrick's Day. The shamrock was made famous by St Patrick who used the shamrock to explain to the pagan people of Ireland about the Trinity when he was trying to convert them to Christianity. He explained that the The three leaves of the shamrock represented god in the three different forms. God the father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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Many companies and organisations across the world use the Shamrock as part of their emblem including Aer Lingus, the Irish Guards (British Army) and the Boston Celtics basketball team. Even the US cereal Lucky Charms is shaped like a shamrock! The flag of Montreal in Canada features a Shamrock in the bottom right hand corner. When the city designed its flag in the 19th century the four countries which made up its population were represented and the shamrock represents the Irish people.

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Facts about the Shamrock

  • The Shamrock plant is a three-leaved old white clover

  • A Shamrock is NOT the same as a four leaf clover! Many people confuse these symbols, the four leaf clover is a good luck symbol, the leaves represent love, hope, happiness and health whereas the Shamrock has three leaves representing the Christian Trinity (Three beings as one, God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit)

  • Since the 18th century the Shamrock has been recognised as the plant symbol of Ireland

  • The shamrock is traditionally worn by Irish people in their lapel on St Patrick's day

  • Although used by many organisations as part of their emblem it has been registered as a trademark by the Government of Ireland

  • The air traffic control sign for Aer Lingus is Shamrock! Aer Lingus planes all feature a Shamrock on their tailfins

  • Wearing a shamrock on St Patrick's day is believed to bring good luck and blessings!


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For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

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May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

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Shamrock Tradition

In the past it was tradition for family in Ireland to post Shamrocks to their family members living overseas to wear on St Patricks Day. This was to remind them that their loved ones back in Ireland were thinking of them. Nowadays there are huge parades and celebrations all over the world as well as silly hats, flags, banners and many more Irish themed goods to celebrate 17th March so this tradition no longer exists. The following poem dated 1865 about receiving a Shamrock from Ireland reminds us of this tradition.

Shamrock Poem

A Shamrock from the Irish Shore
by Denis Florence MacCarthy

(On receiving a Shamrock in a Letter from Ireland.)

O postman! speed thy tardy gait--
Go quicker round from door to door;
For thee I watch, for thee I wait,
Like many a weary wanderer more.
Thou brightest news of bale and bliss--
Some life begun, some life well o'er.
He stops--he rings!--O heaven! what's this?--
A shamrock from the Irish shore!

Dear emblem of my native land,
By fresh fond words kept fresh and green;
The pressure of an unfelt hand--
The kisses of a lip unseen;
A throb from my dead mother's heart--
My father's smile revived once more--
Oh, youth! oh, love! oh, hope thou art,
Sweet shamrock from the Irish shore!

Enchanter, with thy wand of power,
Thou mak'st the past be present still:
The emerald lawn--the lime-leaved bower--
The circling shore--the sunlit hill;
The grass, in winter's wintriest hours,
By dewy daisies dimpled o'er,
Half hiding, 'neath their trembling flowers,
The shamrock of the Irish shore!

And thus, where'er my footsteps strayed,
By queenly Florence, kingly Rome--
By Padua's long and lone arcade--
By Ischia's fires and Adria's foam--
By Spezzia's fatal waves that kissed
My poet sailing calmly o'er;
By all, by each, I mourned and missed
The shamrock of the Irish shore!

I saw the palm-tree stand aloof,
Irresolute 'twixt the sand and sea:
I saw upon the trellised roof
Outspread the wine that was to be;
A giant-flowered and glorious tree
I saw the tall magnolia soar;
But there, even there, I longed for thee,
Poor shamrock of the Irish shore!

Now on the ramparts of Boulogne,
As lately by the lonely Rance,
At evening as I watch the sun,
I look! I dream! Can this be France
Not Albion's cliffs, how near they be,
He seems to love to linger o'er;
But gilds, by a remoter sea,
The shamrock on the Irish shore!

I'm with him in that wholesome clime--
That fruitful soil, that verdurous sod--
Where hearts unstained by vulgar crime
Have still a simple faith in God:
Hearts that in pleasure and in pain,
The more they're trod rebound the more,
Like thee, when wet with heaven's own rain,
O shamrock of the Irish shore!

Memorial of my native land,
True emblem of my land and race--
Thy small and tender leaves expand
But only in thy native place.
Thou needest for thyself and seed
Soft dews around, kind sunshine o'er;
Transplanted thou'rt the merest weed,
O shamrock of the Irish shore.

Here on the tawny fields of France,
Or in the rank, red English clay,
Thou showest a stronger form perchance;
A bolder front thou mayest display,
More able to resist the scythe
That cut so keen, so sharp before;
But then thou art no more the blithe
Bright shamrock of the Irish shore!

Ah, me! to think--thy scorns, thy slights,
Thy trampled tears, thy nameless grave
On Fredericksburg's ensanguined heights,
Or by Potomac's purpled wave!
Ah, me! to think that power malign
Thus turns thy sweet green sap to gore,
And what calm rapture might be thine,
Sweet shamrock of the Irish shore!

Struggling, and yet for strife unmeet,
True type of trustful love thou art;
Thou liest the whole year at my feet,
To live but one day at my heart.
One day of festal pride to lie
Upon the loved one's heart--what more?
Upon the loved one's heart to die,
O shamrock of the Irish shore!

And shall I not return thy love?
And shalt thou not, as thou shouldst, be
Placed on thy son's proud heart above
The red rose or the fleur-de-lis?
Yes, from these heights the waters beat,
I vow to press thy cheek once more,
And lie for ever at thy feet,
O shamrock of the Irish shore!

Boulogne-sur-Mer, March 17, 1865.

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