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O'Reilly Monument on Hill of Tara

On tombstones, shamrocks symbolize Irish origin or ancestry.

Shamrock detail on tombstone at Glendalough

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Keegan

If you look very closely at this cross, you can see lines and shadows of something fairly narrow wrapped around it.  It’s a wire and green foil disposable garland with shamrocks like you might find in a craft store in the weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m not sure when it was placed there.  It’s a little tattered, so maybe it could be a leftover St. Patrick’s Day decoration or placed there for a more personally specific day, such as a birthday or anniversary.  In a city with such a strong Irish heritage, I wasn’t surprised to see symbols of Irish ethnic pride, but this was a little unusual.

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