Why would the Irish adopt the shamrock as a national symbol? There is not even such a thing as a "Shamrock Plant." The word comes from the Irish word "seamrog" which means "little clover." There are hundreds of varieties of clover, but the true Irish Shamrock, as identified by Nathaniel Colgan in 1893, is only one species that is collected from a majority of counties in Ireland…that being Trifolium repens…a creeping white flowered clover. Why was THIS clover so significant? Clovers occupied a position in the cultural life of early Irish tribes and clans, with white clover being held in high esteem by the early Celts as a charm (amulet) against the "evil eye" (evil spirits that roamed the universe). This pagan belief continued through early Christianity. St Patrick used it when explaining the concept of the Holy Trinity to his followers. He planted the stem, then showed how God appears in three different and distinctive ways…as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although each aspect of the trinity is a whole in itself, each is also an individual part of the whole…thus it became a symbol of the Holy Trinity for the Irish people. Shamrocks have, therefore, become recognized as good luck. March 17th, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world as the day for "wearin’o’the green"…the green stem from which the Shamrock grows.
HORSE BRASS: THE U.K. AND NATIONAL UNITY COLLECTION: Irish Shamrock.
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