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Saint Patrick & Shamrocks

It has long been understood that shamrocks go hand in hand with Irish heritage. The custom of wearing a shamrock when celebrating Saint Patrick's Day is commonly seen around the world to this day.

Spread some Irish luck throughout your home and speak to Irish heritage with the Irish Blessing Soup Bowl, an Irish Lace Shortbread Pan, and many more home accents that are charming for Saint Patrick's Day and throughout the year.

Irish Lace Shortbread Pan

Irish Blessing Rustic Print

Looking at History

Association between Saint Patrick and the shamrock can be traced to the 5th century, when imagery commonly depicted Saint Patrick holding a shamrock while preaching to crowds of people. The first official connection does not come until 1681 when Englishman Thomas Dinley documented his travels to Ireland with mention of the shamrock tied to Saint Patrick's Day. During the 18th century, shamrocks were portrayed as the symbol of Ireland, and into the 19th century, it began to appear alongside the rose, thistle and leek; all symbols for England, Scotland and Wales, respectively. Shamrock symbolism continued to strengthen, appearing in ballads and popular songs of the time.


Fun Facts about Shamrocks

  • The shamrock is a registered trademark of the Government of Ireland.
  • "Shamrock" is derived from Irish seamróg, the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning "little clover" or "young clover."
  • Shamrocks traditionally have three leaves. Those with four are considered rare and therefore lucky.
  • Speaking of lucky, experts claim that there are 10,000 3-leaf clovers for every 4-leaf clover. Lucky find, indeed.
  • There is no "shamrock plant" so to speak, but there are thousands of varieties of clovers.

Ode to the Shamrock

"Oh The Shamrock - Through Erin's Isle, To sport awhile, As Love and Valor wander'd With Wit, the sprite, Whose quiver bright A thousand arrows squander'd. Where'er they pass, A triple grass Shoots up, with dew-drops streaming, As softly green As emeralds seen Through purest crystal gleaming. Oh the Shamrock, the green immortal Shamrock! Chosen leaf Of Bard and Chief, Old Erin's native Shamrock!"

From Oh the Shamrock by Thomas Moore.