Saturday, 4 September 2010

Shamrock and thistle

Anyone who imagines that Ulster-Scots culture is some sort of 'shamrock and thistle' culture might do well to consider how some football supporters in Blackburn see 'shamrock and thistle'.  This was previously Blackburn Shamrock Celtic Supporters Club but they changed their name to 'Shamrock and Thistle'. 

Here's another version of 'shamrock and thistle' at the Shamrock and Thistle pub in Florida, with its leprechauns and green beards.

Of course there's nothing wrong with 'shamrock and thistle' ... but it is not Ulster-Scots. It's Irish and Scottish.

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