Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shamrock shortage?



St. Patrick's Days is less than 24 hours away and many around the U.S. and Ireland will be wearing some incarnation of the beloved holiday's treasured shamrock tomorrow.

Not so fast. Apparently there's shamrock shortage going on in Ireland, says Irish Central.

Botanist Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy says the "shamrock was 'hit hard' by the severe winter weather and 'won't be easily found" this week. He also said the national plant was under threat because of modern farming methods.

The growth of the shamrock was delayed, like many plants, because of "frost damage" and that fake shamrocks would be used in its place.

So maybe wear a pin tomorrow?

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