The Shamrock – A Symbol of Ireland

The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or trefoil. Known as a symbol of Ireland, the name shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg, which itself comes from the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply “little clover” or “young clover”.


“Connected to St. Patrick”

The Celtic druids believed the no. 3 to be a perfect number and, as such, to have inherent mystical powers. St Patrick, when he set out to convert the Celtic inhabitants of Ireland, would have been fully aware of their love for the number three and, according to legend, he used the plant to illustrate the Christian concept of the Trinity ie:- to show how one God divided into three: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.


“A Symbol of Ireland”

As St. Patrick is Ireland’s patron saint, the shamrock has been used as a symbol of Ireland since the 18th century. Most visitors, and even many locals, believe the humble weed is the official symbol of Ireland but that lofty status is held by the 12-stringed harp. Even so, it has become a tradition for the Irish Taoiseach to present a bowl of shamrocks in a special Crystal bowl featuring a shamrock design to the President of the United States in the White House every St. Patrick’s Day!

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