Four-leafed "shamrocks" cause me to grind my molars. It is the epitomy of commercialisation. It is the sorry result of little research and the mongrelization legends by uninformed 1960s-era Madison Avenue types...
What's interesting is that four-leaved shamrocks, as a symbol of Irishness, predate the 1960's by a full century.
The football club Glasgow Celtic, formed in 1868, uses the four-leaved shamrock and the colours green and white to symbolise Irishness.
Likewise the basketball team Boston Celtic has long used the same symbol and colours.
Both Glasgow and Boston were areas of large Irish immigration in the mid-19th century, and those Irish immigrants chose the four-leaved shamrock as their symbol. I wonder why? Oh, and both teams pronounce it "selltick".
What causes me to "grind my molars" on St Pat's is seeing people spell it St Patty's Day
(just who is this Saint Patricia anyhow?)
Anyhow on St Pat's I spent noon-3pm with a trio playing in a nice bar/restaurant. Nice and quiet with people actually listening. Then off to a relaxed gathering in a home, a gig which I've done now for over ten years. A number of Welsh people were present and I ended up playing Sou Gan and Ash Grove on the pipes.