Thursday 18 January 2018

Bermuda buttercups to dwarf clovers - when is a shamrock not a shamrock?

Shamrock, the Lesser Trefoil.
Shamrock, the Lesser Trefoil.

Joe Kennedy

IF you work in Dublin city, you may have to make a special lunch-break search this week to find some real shamrock.

Moore Street Market? Of course, except that last year I drew a blank there, eventually finding some sprigs from a vendor in Henry Street. He said he had "got it up from Wexford".

Most people don't bother with the plant any more, I was told. Young people prefer badges with harps. Today, a real shamrock sighting is as scarce as a forehead smudged with Lenten ashes.

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