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The Shamrock & Saint Patrick's Day

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The image of a bright green shamrock is now almost synonymous with Saint Patrick's Day. According to legend, St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity when he introduced the religion of Christianity to Ireland.

The original Irish shamrock is said to have been a white clover - the Trifolium repens, a common lawn weed native to Ireland. You might have see these little guys in your backyard - as they have since been introduced worldwide as a pasture crop. 

(via Wikipedia

 


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