John Redmond presents shamrock to American president
Large crowds attend last year's St. Patrick's Day parade. Among those 'wearing the green' this year will be President Woodrow Wilson, who has been presented with small pots of shamrock by John Redmond. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

John Redmond presents shamrock to American president

Published: 17 March 1914

American President Woodrow Wilson is spending St. Patrick’s Day with a sprig of shamrock in the buttonhole of his jacket.

The gift of shamrock to President Wilson was made by the leader of nationalist Ireland, John Redmond. Small pots of shamrock presented by Mr. Redmond were on display in the White House and around Capitol Hill.

All across America, Irish people and their descendants are celebrating their national holiday. Big dinners, balls and other gatherings are being held, with more than 3,500 attending mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

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