Irish Shamrock

About the Irish Shamrock

Though the origin of the Shamrock is lost in antiquity, it was the Celtic Druids who first shared the legend of Shamrock and secured its place in Irish mythology. And although the Celts relied on oral storytelling to past down their beliefs it is thought that they attached great significance to the number three. Clearly expressed in their artistic symbolism, the three (3) is seen throughout Celtic art such as the Triskel a symbol composed of three spirals, or the three-legged Manx adopted by the Celts on the Isle of Man, and in the three petals of the shamrock three may signify the three-layered nature of a human soul, three principle goddesses, or the three elements of earth, sea, and sky.

The most famous legend of the Shamrock begins long ago when Ireland was the land of Druids, a Christian Bishop known as St. Patrick, plucked a shamrock from Irish soil to demonstrate the “three-in-one” meaning of the Christian God Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Another Shamrock legend has it that the shamrock plant is said to have mystic powers...when the leaves stand upright warns of an approaching storm or danger, and when fully opened brings good luck.