St Patricks Shamrock Aint a Clover




Introduction: St Patricks Shamrock Aint a Clover

This instructional is designed to help everyone out there to not make the mistake of using a four leaf clover as a St Patricks Day symbol. The symbol you are all thinking about but dont know it is called a Shamrock. Heres how to spot the difference.

Step 1: What a Shamrock Looks Like

This is what a Shamrock looks like.
It has three leaves. Thats 3. not 4 or 2 or 792. Its 3.
Each of them are a very pretty heart shape. Thats a lotta love.
St Patrick used it to explain to the pagan Irish that God is a Holy Trinity. Three in one. Like this wee plant. Three leaves in one plant.
We Irish caught on quickly to this explanation and thus stopped worshiping the moon, conjuring spirits and we all became Christian. Thanks Paddy.
The first guy that came along and tried to make us christian was swiftly killed a short while after arriving in Ireland. But Partick knew the old shamrock trick. We Irish like shamrocks.
To see what the first guy used and what ended up getting him killed :-P , look at the next step in this instructable.

Step 2: The Cursed Four Leaf Clover

This impostor is the 4 leaf clover.
St Patrick didn't use it because its a four leaf clover and NOT a Shamrock.
Using this as a St Patricks Day symbol is just stupid.
Turn up in Ireland on St Patricks Day, or any day, with this thing on your t-shirt and you'd better know where the nearest open door or window is. :-P Joke.
That or have a good excuse, like,
your the chairperson for the four leaf clover appreciation society and you've been out all day looking in fields for one; and all you want to do now is sit down, have a beer and look at a Shamrock because your sick to death of looking at stupid 4 leafed things and shamrocks are so much better because they have 3 cute heart shaped leaves and is the symbol of St Patrick and isnt a stupid 4 leaf clover.
Learn that off by heart and you may survive.
Actually we Irish are more likely to have a laugh with you at your expense, poke some fun and buy you a drink to make you feel better for being so stupid. And because we feel sorry for someone who's the chair of a four leaf clover appreciation society.

Step 3: Re-cap

Now boys and girls. I hope you've paid attention and now know how not to start a riot in Ireland by having the wrong amount of leaves on your shamrock.
A Shamrock has 3 heart shaped leaves and is all you will be painting on your faces from now on.

You've been fantastic, God bless ya and have a fantastically happy St Patrick's Day.



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    Ok. Correct. A four leaf clover is a luck thing and not a shamrock. But that’s the point I’m trying to make. It’s not a Shamrock. The instructable is to help folks get it right. Lots of people think they are one and the same. A wood sorrel is a Shamrock. A lesser trefoil is a shamrock. White clover (the white stripe mentioned) is a Shamrock. So what I pictured is a Shamrock. NOBODY knows the shamrock species St Patrick used although some claim to. One thing is certain. 4 Leaf clover isn’t a shamrock and its luck thing isn’t Irish either. You may as well put a fez on a leprechaun if you’re gonna use a 4LC for Ireland. And I think the world knows you won’t actually get killed for having a for leaf clover on your shirt in Ireland. In fact, as stated, you may score free beer so go ahead and wear one. Don’t get too paranoid, foreigners have a sense of humour too. The internationally recognised :-P features there also as a “this is humour” aid. So chill. Be cool. Happy St Patrick's day. I'll expect to see you all smiling. :-)

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    It IS a shamrock. It's just a mutant that has 4 leaves instead of the usual three.

    Btw, I live in Ireland and we regularly use 4 leaved shamrocks.

    You should look up the definition of shamrock in the dictionary. It states it has three leaves. Is it possible you don't believe in St. Patrick and are from the Church of England.

    Well, aren't we feeling rather self-righteous, sectarian, nationalist Irish Catholic?

    This may be a bit of a shock, but there happen to be plenty of people who are not Irish Catholic, nor Anglican, nor even Presbyterian. Some people aren't Christian, at all. Some people are not affiliated with any religious mythic cult at all, even!

    Perhaps even more shockingly...being Irish Catholic does not make you inherently better than any of those other people.

    I've even heard that, "Jesus loves everyone," and that he encouraged prioritizing nondiscriminatory charitable action over judgemental partisanship.

    A lovely, relaxing, safe, day to you, and yours.

     Being part Irish, this is very interesting to listen to... But like Christmas, St. Patrick's Day has been perverted into a secular based "holiday". Even then it isnt a "holiday" because when broken down the word "holiday" turns into Holy Day. Just think about that...

    The case is that, all Shamrocks are white clover or wood sorrel- specifically, those which are trifoliar specimens.

    However, not every white clover is a Shamrock- those which express a phenotypic mutation of bearing 4 or more leaflets on a single sprig, are not Shamrocks, and are far more rare.

    Wood sorrel, botanically speaking, is not any sort of clover, but bears significantly larger, trifoliar leaflets, which are even more defined in their heart-shapes than most clovers- or depictions of Shamrocks, and can come in a beautiful range of colors. Wood sorrel leaves can be Lime green, Chartreuse, Emerald, Forest green, Burnt Orange, Red Rust, Burgundy, and/or Merlot.


    The trifoliar definition of the Shamrock applies to- and only to- the Shamrock, in the context of St. Padraig's Trinity explanation. The plant itself remains secular (unless you've been worshipping Shamrocks, I suppose)- and the 4-Leaf Clover, an unusual specimen of White Clover, is a Shamrock, and a secular symbol of Eire. Don't be so quick to judge a book by its clover!

    Shamrock means clover. End of... Little clover is not an accurate translation. The diminutive could be used because of a sense of endearment because it's a symbol of Ireland.

    While it's true that here in Ireland, people pretty much call any kind of clover a shamrock, St Patrick's holy trinity example is a legend. It can't be proved or disproved so no one will ever know what type of shamrock he picked, but it is more likely to have been the common white clover. I've seen things on Paddy's day here that aren't even from the clover family being used (wood sorrel being one of them).

    Use anything you want to celebrate Paddy's day! 4 leaf, 3 leaf, a wood sorrel (they're very attractive!) Paddy's day has gone beyond religion. For most people in Ireland it's just a way to celebrate the country, our friends and having a good time.

    Have a good one! =^__^=

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    St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a religious day and everyone went to Mass to celebrate St. Patrick's teaching of the Trinity. Until the ease of traveling among European countries began. If you don't believe in these religious holidays, may non-belivers shouldn't have them off from work.

    I'm not understand the 3 steps and the instructions.

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    I'm not understand the 3 steps and the instructions.

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    Four leaf clovers are rare and very lucky to the irish. The four leaves represent Luck, Faith, Hope, and Love. You don't know what your talking about. Your probably English, lol. Nice disinformation.

    so I was shopping at Meijer and looking at their Shamrock plants and found a 4 leaf shamrock. NOT clover.

    Is this where the word "sham" comes from? Would be appropriate :)

    Haha! That's why I love the Irish :P

    Shamrock is directly translated from Irish Gaelic "Seamróg" as "little clover" which distinguishes it from regular clover. White clover is regular broad clover. The tradition is clear that St Paddy (not Patty) used a Seamróg not a Clover. If he had then the tradition would state a Seanmair. Anyways, the point still remains that for St Paddy’s day it’s a 3 leafed little clover used to represent the Holy trinity being three parts of the one whole. A four leafed clover can never do that. It’s a secularisation of the symbolism of God to luck.
    I give up. The point of this instructable is just lost on some people. There are tonnes of little clovers and any one of them is correct. Who cares! The point is shamrock on Paddy’s day has 3 leaves and is not a four leaved clover. It isn’t that difficult to understand. Even to a doctor of botany fluent in Latin terms. In the Name of God and his 3 parts just go and have a Happy St Patricks Day!

    many christians (myself included), do not feel that catholic made saints are not saints and only the apostles are saints.

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    stop insulting the four leaf clovers

    Wait... iv lost what conclusion this argument came to. Isn't the shamrock, like you said above eg. white clover. So then are they not really the same thing, the shamrock being a type of clover. The four leaves that a (lucky) clover has is just a mutation of the plant and therefore a shamrock could have four too i suppose. But yeah you're right about St. Patrick using a three leaved shamrock to represent the Holy Trinity which is why it's used on St. Patricks day.