A Rerun of our annual ‘Shamerock’ award notice :

That may be a Clover
That you’re looking over
Cause that’s what a clovers for…

But if you want a Shamrock,
Remember to tell your flock –
A Shamrock has three not four !

(-From a Plaque from the south wall at the Irish Roots Cafe)

The First Annual It’s A Crying Shame Rock Award:

That may be a Four Leaf Clover that you are looking over, but sure as heck it’s not a Shamrock. Four leaf clovers are fine, but they are not Shamrocks. Be wary of those wearing and displaying too many four leaf clovers on St. Patricks Day !

It’s not the fault of the unfortunate four leaf clover. Have you forgotten ? The true Shamrock of St. Patrick has 3 leaves, and never 4. ( It was with this Shamrock that he explained the trinity, showing the existence of three in one.) As a result, we had to declare the 4 leaf clover the winner of the first annual, its a crying Shamerock award.

The Second Annual Shame Rock Award:

The second annual Shamerock award went to those who sell specific plaid kilt designs tied to specific Irish families! This is pure fiction. Kilts are beautiful and be sure to get one if it is your fancy. Irish families however, NEVER had family plaids and kilts like the Scots. Those who would pay heed to history will not spread this myth. Looks like a lot of folks are waking up to that fact. Here’s a note we received just the other day in response to the Irish Tartan Fraud, taken from this months Irish Roots Cafe member newsletter:

“We have attempted to get the word out for ages, and we’re gratified that somebody noticed.? We get lots of nasty email from people convinced to the contrary; usually, the supporters of Irish tartans justify their position with information provided by folks who want to sell them expensive skirts. As you can imagine, we find such documentation suspect.”

-We definitely agree!

If you would like to know how they really dressed I suggest you go to www.ReconstructingHistory.com
The Website of the month.

Have a nomination for the next ‘Shamerock Award’ Send it to me. We may decide to use it for our next award.

taken from an article in the
2006 Journal of Irish Families

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