Throughout the world true Irishmen will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day, the 17th, March, but?
S.T.V. Girls picking shamrock.
S.C.U. Cutting shamrock.
S.V. Placing it in box.
S.V. Washing the shamrock.
S.V. Removing the tray of shamrock.
S.V.Pan Carrying the shamrock from the washing shed to the packing shed
S.V. A girl trimming the shamrock;
S.V. A man writing on the delivery board.
S.T.V. Girls packing the shamrock into plastic containers.
C.U. A nearly empty tray of shamrock.
C.U. A girl packer.
S.T.V. Packing the shamrock into small plastic boxes.
S.T.V. Sealing the small plastic containers.
C.U. The completed boxes.
C.U. A lady affixing shamrock tags.
C.U. The tagged containers.
S.V. A woman and a boy packing into small boxes.
S.V. Packing large plastic bags into boxes with a large shamrock emblem.
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Background: Throughout the world true Irishmen will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day, the 17th, March, but few of them will wonder how that tiny spring of shamrock arrived at the right place at the right time; over the years they have expected it to be available and every year it is, but how, who organises this world wide shipping of shamrock, who makes sure that it will arrive on time? Naturally nobody but an Irishman could undertake such a commission.
In the green fields of Dunmore East, County Waterford, the shamrock grows in great quantities, and it is from this small town and it's surrounding districts that the shamrock is sent.
Girls from the town gather the clumps of shamrock from the fields in baskets which are sent to a small factory close by. Here the emblem of Eire is cleaned and separated, dried on special frames and packed ready for exporting.
For the President of American and his Government there are special plastic packets of shamrock, while at the other end of the scale, large boxes are filled with the plant ready to be sent to such places as Piccadilly in London for the Flower girls, or New York for the florists.
The United States Army and Navy place special orders with Dunmore East in order to supply those Irishmen serving under the Stars and Stripes.