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DARREL KOEHLER: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pot of shamrocks

Published 03/15/2009, Grand Forks Herald

While many of us can’t claim Irish blood, we can join the honorary Irish ranks on St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday. For many revelers it will be a celebration complete with corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and traditional green beer. For others, the celebration will include the beloved shamrocks, which have become the symbol of this hardy Celtic race, which has endured so much over the centuries. The love of the shamrock is said to date prior to St. Patrick, the patron of Ireland, who brought Christianity to a warlike, tribal people in the 5th Century.

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