The shamrock plant is recognised the world over as the badge of Ireland. It is revered by Irish people all over the world, is the logo of the Irish Tourist Board, Failte Ireland, and you can find the emblem on everything from the tail fin of the national airline, Aer Lingus to the lampposts of Dublin.
The real, living shamrock is traditionally worn on the lapel every St Patrick’s Day. The plants are picked in the fields, shared between family members who proudly attach bushy sprigs to their clothing.
It was the Celtic druids who started the shamrock on its path to Irish glory! They believed the number 3 to be a perfect number and, as such, to have inherent mystical powers. No one is quite sure why they believed this but it is possible the number signified past, present and future, or sky, earth and underground.
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