Shamrock Power!

Familiar green trefoil or “three leaflets” holds particular sway in the imaginations of many people.


An enduring image of St. Patrick’s Day is shamrock, traditionally placed as an icon on March issues of Hometown News. Shamrocks are considered clovers, used as fodder for plants to feed butterflies and moths. Various types of clovers, alone or in grass, are also staple crops for soiling and pasturing. Shamrocks grow freely and abundantly, shooting up again and again, and are nutritious for livestock.


According to legend, shamrock became a traditional symbol in Ireland under St. Patrick, a Christian missionary in the fifth century. He used it to explain to pagan Irish the Christian mystery of the Trinity, defining God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Just as there is one shamrock, there are three leaflets. Shamrock symbols were used on badges and various motifs throughout the counties of Ireland.


It was from shamrock that the Irish got their national color. Versions of “The Wearing of the Green” native street ballad noted a technicality: shamrock symbols could be worn even when green fabric was outlawed in Ireland by the British. Whatever the case, we at Hometown News wish our readers, in the old Irish greeting, “the top of the morning.”


– Dr. Paul Hudson

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