History of Shamrocks and Leprechauns

A Little bit about Shamrocks

Shamrock , common name for any of several three-leaf clovers native to Ireland . The shamrock was originally chosen as the national emblem of Ireland because of the legend that Saint Patrick used the plant to show the doctrine of the Trinity.


Most shamrocks, have been considered by the Irish as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and this superstition has lasted in modern times among people of many nationalities. Shamrocks are worn by celebrants on St. Patrick's Day.
The Shamrock, at one time called the "Seamroy", symbolises the cross and blessed trinity. Before the Christian era it was a sacred plant of the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad. The well known legend of the Shamrock connects it definitely to St. Patrick and his teaching.

The Legend of the Leprechaun
A leprechaun looks like a small, (ugly) old man about 2 feet tall. He is usually dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes. Leprechauns possess a hidden pot of gold and treasure hunters track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. leprechaun
If caught, he can be forced to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun (and he often tricks them into looking away), he vanishes and hope of finding the treasure is lost.

The Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney).

The origins of the Blarney Stone's magical properties aren't clear, but one legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly.

What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?
A rash of good luck!


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