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Posted March 17, 2010 By Suzanne Holland
Shamrocks have been symbolic of many things over the years. According to legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion, as in many others. St. Patrick used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland. Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

“Wearin’ o’ the green”

The shamrock became symbolic in other ways as time went on. In the 19th century it became a symbol of rebellion, and anyone wearing it risked death by hanging. It was this period that spawned the phrase “the wearin’ o’ the green”. Today, the shamrock is the most recognized symbol of the Irish, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, when all over the world, everyone is Irish for a day!

The original Irish shamrock (traditionally spelled seamróg, which means “summer plant”) is said by many authorities to be none other than white clover (Trifolium repens), a common lawn weed originally native to Ireland. It is a vigorous, rhizomatous, stem-rooting perennial with trifoliate leaves. Occasionally, a fourth leaflet will appear, making a “four-leaf clover,” said to bring good luck to the person who discovers it.

The above is an interesting excerpt I found on another site.

My husband and I have enjoyed helping our children, who are very interested in our Irish heritage, research where our ancestors came from.
The Irish family name that I bring to table comes from County Donegal. Both of my husbands parents have an Irish Family back ground.  One coming from County Antrim and one from County Cavan. All three are in the Province of Ulster and Counties Antrim and Donegal are part of Northern Ireland and are both on the Northern Irish Coast. FREE SAMPLES

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