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March 17.]                  st. Patrick's day.                                 137
Trifolium repens, while the Gaelic name given for Oxalis by Threkeld is Sealgan"
A correspondent of N. & Q. (Ath S. vol. iii. p. 235) says the Trifolium filiforme is generally worn in Cork. It grows in thick clusters on the tops of walls and ditches, and is to be found in abundance in old limestone quarries in the south of Ireland. The Trifolium minus is also worn.
The following whimsical song descriptive of St. Patrick is given on Hone's authority as one often sung by the Irish:
St. Patrick was a gentleman, and he came from decent people, In Dublin town he built a church, and on it put a steeple; His father was a Wollaghan, his mother an O'Grady, His aunt she was a Kinaghan, and his wife a widow Brady.
Tooralloo, tooralloo, what a glorious man our saint wasl Tooralloo, tooralloo, O whack fal de lal, de lal, etc,
Och! Antrim hills are mighty high, and so's the hill of Howth too; But we all do know a mountain that is higher than them both too; 'Twas on the top of that high mount St. Pmtrick preach'd a sermon, He drove the frogs into the bogs, and banished all the vermin.
Tooralloo, tooralloo, etc.
No wonder that we Irish lads, then, are so blythe and frisky; St. Patrick was the very man that taught us to drink whisky; Och ! to be sure he had the knack, and understood distilling, For his mother kept a sheebeen shop near the town of Enniskillen.
Tooralloo, tooralloo, etc.—
Every Day Book, vol. ii. p. 387.
It is customary early in February for wealthy farmers and landowners in Ireland to brew ale to be kept till the 17th of March, St. Patrick's Day; and there is a delicious cake made this day, to be eaten with pickled salmon.—N. & Q. 3rd S. vol. ix. p. 367.
Some years ago this day was welcomed, in the smaller towns or hamlets, by every possible manifestation of glad­ness and delight. The inn, if there was one, was thrown open to all comers, who received a certain allowance of oaten bread and fish. This was a benevolence from the host, and to it was added a " Patrick's pot," or quantum of beer ; but of late years whisky is the beverage most esteemed. The
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