The Shamrock plant is a very popular Irish symbol. It is worn pridefully by Irish (and non-irish) people all over the world on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Saint Patrick was probably the main contributor to the Shamrock’s fame. He used it to explain to the polytheistic pagan people of Ireland about the Trinity as he was trying to convert them to Christianity. He explained that the three leaves of the shamrock represented God in three different forms. God the father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Saint Patrick lived during the 5th century, but it wasn’t until 1675 that an image connecting him to the Shamrock appeared on coins. The Saint Patrick Coppers showed the saint addressing a crowd while holding a shamrock.
Shamrock comes from the Irish word “seamrog”, which means “summer plant”. There is an abundance of Shamrocks in Irish fields during the spring and summer and are believed to have mystical power. When a storm approaches, shamrocks supposedly point upward towards the sky, standing tall as a warning sign. It can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, in South America, in Africa and at high altitudes in the tropics. Even before Saint Patrick, the Druids thought the impressive vitality of the Shamrock to be a sign of sacredness. The shamrock then came represent life itself.
Just so you know…
A Shamrock is NOT the same as a four leaf clover! Many people get this wrong. A four leaf clover is sign of good luck. It’s leaves represent love, hope, happiness and health. The Shamrock’s three leaves as we now know, represent the Christian Trinity.
Celebrate all that is Irish with the Shamrock Address Plaque. This very magical address plaque contains a whole field of Shamrocks. The green painted shamrocks are optional and a little extra green for the bling. giggle…get it green shamrocks – money is green…cost a little more. Green bling – I crack myself up.
Okay, I was just told if you have to explain the joke it isn’t funny. But I am laughing.