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A Shamrock is a clover species Trifolium repens that encloses magical and legendary connotations inherited from the Celtic tradition. It, along with the green and blue and the figure of the treasured gnome named Leprechaun, represent the culture of the island of Ireland and its exaltation is visible during the celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated on March 17 across the planet. Patrick of Ireland was an Irish missionary bishop. He is venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox. It is celebrated throughout the Irish community in the world on March 17, the date of his death.
The word Shamrock comes from ancient Gaelic language and means ‘Young three leaved Plant’. With regard to this plant or design, an encyclopedia informs: “Shamrock (go seamróg, ‘small clover’.), any of several clovers. . . All of which are native to Ireland. Originally the shamrock was chosen as the national emblem of Ireland because of the legend that St. Patrick used the plant to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. Almost all clovers have been considered by the Irish as good luck symbols since ancient times, and has persisted this superstition in modern times among people of many nationalities. ”
Something Curious about the Shamrock is that it was registered as a trademark by the Government of Ireland. In the early 1980s, Ireland fought for its right to use the shamrock as its national symbol in a German trademark case. The Government had lost, but later in 1985 Ireland won on appeal to the German Supreme Court.