Monday 26 September 2016

100,000 shamrocks to be delivered across the globe as world turns green

Ryan Nugent

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny gives US President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday. Photo: AP
Taoiseach Enda Kenny gives US President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday. Photo: AP

A massive 100,000 shamrock pieces are being delivered across the globe by one grower, while a special delivery made its way to the White House yesterday.

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Living Shamrocks, based in Ballinaskelligs, Co Kerry, have been sold out of most of their stock since last week - with the Government spending €500 on a collection of 350 shamrocks which will be a gift for US President Barack Obama.

Sales director for the business, Peter Martin, has been in the game for nine years and believes the whole idea is more popular abroad than it is in Ireland.

He says that most pieces sold consist of around 80 shamrocks.An estimated 15pc of their entire turnover comes from the United States, with half-a-dozen St Patrick's Day parades in the US alone placing orders ahead of tomorrow's festivities.

Between 16 and 18 embassies have also received deliveries, which will be presented to foreign dignitaries the world over.

Other groups ordering in bulk include the Irish Army. "We're sending 2,000 packages into Lebanon, Israel and Congo - and to all of the peacekeepers that are over there," Mr Martin said.

Irish Independent

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