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Dear Little Shamrock

From: Jim O'Connor
Series: Sound Beat
Length: 01:30

A brief history of St. Patrick and his use of the shamrock, set to an historic cylinder recording. Read the full description.

Shamrocks_small St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland, was actually born in Scotland…to Roman parents.  Kidnapped and forced into slavery in pagan Ireland around 400 AD, he’d remain from his early teens until age 20. He’d escape to Britain by ship, but would return to spread the Gospel. To make his point, St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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Piece Description

St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland, was actually born in Scotland…to Roman parents.  Kidnapped and forced into slavery in pagan Ireland around 400 AD, he’d remain from his early teens until age 20. He’d escape to Britain by ship, but would return to spread the Gospel. To make his point, St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Transcript

Need a little help with those lyrics? “There's a dear little plant that grows in our Isle, 'Twas Saint Patrick himself sure that set it.”

St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland, was actually born in Scotland…to Roman parents. Kidnapped and forced into slavery in pagan Ireland around 400 AD, he’d remain from his early teens until age 20. He’d escape to Britain by ship, but would return to spread the Gospel.

To make his point, St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It’s believed that he converted much of Ireland over his lifetime, and even had disciples. He built Ireland’s first church in a town called Saul, and that’s where he died. While scholars debate the year, most agree he died on March 17th , or… St. Patrick’s Day.

This is William Kennedy with “dear little shamrock”, a 1923 blue amberol c...
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Dear Little Shamrock William Kennedy Blue Amberol Cylinder 1923 01:20

Additional Credits

Brett Barry, host
Bob Hodge, engineer