The name shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg , which simply means “young clover” or “ young sprig”. Do you know that there are over 570 different species of this three leafed plant , known as Oxalis .
The first official evidence of a link between Saint Patrick and the shamrock appears in 1675 on the St Patrick’s Coppers or Halfpennies. These appear to show a figure of St Patrick preaching to a crowd while holding a shamrock. Today the shamrock can be seen on the tail fin of our national airline. You can see it on the jerseys of our national football and rugby teams. The many other places include buildings and street furniture.
Another great tradition, is that the shape of a shamrock is poured into the foamy creamy head on top of a pint of Ireland’s most popular beverage! If it’s been poured well, this imprint of the shamrock should remain in place right to the very last drop !
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