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no four-leaf clovers on St. Patrick's Day, please

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by writing irish, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    The shamrock has three leaves. Its prominence in Irish culture is attributed to a (probably apocryphal, but pleasant) story that St. Patrick once explained the three-in-one doctrine of the Trinity by using the shamrock.

    The use of the four-leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day in the States is, like green lager or plastic bowler hats, a well-intended but deeply wrong attempt at Irishness. Your part in not perpetuating this very minor but nevertheless annoying cultural misdemeanor is appreciated.

    in gratitude,
    Loyal Order of Hibernians, Cowshitistan Chapter
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

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  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I miss corned beef and cabbage...
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  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Even though I hate the amateur night that is St. Patrick's Day, a hearty Slainte Mhath to you all.
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Weren't the fenians Scottish?
  7. I do not believe so, no.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    No, but there were a lot of Scottish Fenians, thanks to workers from Ireland moving to Glasgow to work in the shipyards. It's part of the reason the Celtic v. Rangers soccer rivalry developed into a sectarian battle.
  9. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    The St. Paddy's Day episode of The Simpsons -- replete with Kent Brockman's monologue and the exploding restaurant -- is one of the best.
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    Apologies, once again, to lour good friends in Canuckistan.
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  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No. They were bastards.
  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    "O Danny Boy" as performed by the Swedish chef, Animal and Beaker from The Muppets ...

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