The History of the Shamrock – From Saint Patrick to Campion’s ‘Wild Irish’ to Rebellion and Nationhood

The Shamrock is both a national symbol of Ireland and the emblem of the Irish People. In addition to this, the shamrock is a—slightly elusive—botanical species of clover that serves as an icon of our verdurous landscape. The shamrock’s most direct link to the people comes in the form of the legend of Saint Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland.