The most popular story as to why the Shamrock became associated with Ireland states that St Patrick used it to illustrate the Holy Trinity to his parishioners. By parishioners, we presumably mean people who weren’t intelligent enough to understand the concept of ‘three’ without having a plant with three leaves held in front of their eyes. I’m not convinced that the Irish are doing themselves a great service with this theory. Another story I found says that the leaves have a different meaning. It’s one for Faith, two for Hope, three for Love and four for Luck. It’s also said that Eve carried a four-leaf clover out of the Garden of Eden. I have no idea why she would do this when every type of fruit and vegetable was available to her. Maybe it was a subtle dig at Adam’s manhood?
“You hardly need anything as big as a fig-leaf dear … here, use this …”
Photo by Alice Gomstyn