Being really Irish, I will ignore St Patrick’s day, He’s one of Ireland’s three Patron Saints, who was Welsh. Nor was he the first to bring Christianity. The Armagh Bishop, answerable to the Pope, wanted to be in charge of the entire Irish Church. So they promoted two manuscripts supposedly of Patrick’s writing. One might certainly have a lot of his writing. Parallels with the Monks of Glastonbury. I’ll write about Glastonbury vs Avalon another day.
Also most of the stories are later inventions from the 17th Century, that’s nearly 1200 years later. Especially the Shamrock (means Young Clover) regarding Trinity, as that idea was well known to Celts for a thousand years or more. And the snakes. There were none, unless maybe before the last Ice Age which ended 10,000 years ago. At least Patrick was real, though might have worn blue rather than green The other Patron Saints? Bridgid. Probably real, except most things about her also describe Brigid the “Irish” Celtic demigoddess of fire. “There is some debate over whether St Brigid was a real person. She has the same name, associations and feast day as the Celtic goddess Brigid, and there are many supernatural events, legends and folk customs associated with her.”
Columba is the third (should be 1st?) Patron Saint of Ireland. Properly called Colmcille. Almost everything people think they know about him (unlike Patrick & Bridgid) is actually real!
We can’t stand the American invented Green Hats.
What WAS the shamrock for then? Celts had LOADS of triple aspect gods and goddesses. The Ancient Neolithic Triskele, the triple spiral, was a favorite art motif, the Shamrock is a poor copy…
Shamrock comes from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive of the Irish word (seamair óg) and means simply ‘young clover’, as óg means young, younger or youth as a suffix.
The word Glamour COMES from Fairy Magic to deceive, originally it only meant deception by the Fair Folk, The Sí, the Sióg, the Púca, the Aés Sidhe. Tolkien borrowed them for his Elves. See also the story of Thomas the Rhymer. North England / Border Scots Elves = The Fair Folk. A stone with a hole and a potion made from shamrock was the tool to see things as they really are!
Yes, I did a lot of research for one of my Celtic Otherworld books. Busy proofing & editing an early draft of ‘The Ensorcelled Maid’, #15 in series. I can see now where I’ve skipped over some bits. So more writing to do.