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Five Great Easter Paper Craft Ideas for Kids

Any activities that can keep the kids occupied over the Easter holidays are always welcome.

Here are five great Easter craft ideas for kids that only need paper, colours, glue, a stapler and scissors.

Remember: Always supervise your child when using scissors and other art and craft materials.

Learn to Draw the Easter Bunny.

“Art for Kids Hub” is a fantastic YouTube channel that provides step-by-step instructions on how to draw incredible pictures.
It gives children a real confidence boost around their drawing and it’s no surprise that kids love it.
Hereunder, is a video on how to draw the Easter Bunny, but there are loads more Easter drawing projects from which to choose.

3D Easter Cards.

We are all doing our best to stay apart at the moment in the fight against COVID-19. More than ever, little tokens to show we are thinking of someone mean so much. Why not make and send a card to someone special this Easter? Click HERE and HERE to learn how to make some really easy 3D Easter cards.

Paper Handprint Bunnies.

This is such an easy paper craft idea and results in a very cute Easter bunny. It’s an ideal paper craft for very young children. View the YouTube link HERE.

Make an Easter Basket.

Easter baskets are a traditional staple of Easter time, used to collect eggs during an Easter egg hunt. Click HERE and HERE to learn how to make an Easter basket.

Paper Bunny Hand Puppets.

This is a really easy paper craft that kids will not only enjoy making, but they’ll also enjoy playing with. Click HERE to view a YouTube video on making quick and easy bunny hand puppets.

Do remember to shop local when you can.

For art and craft materials visit HERE to order online from Stakelum Office Supplies, located at Parnell St. and Rossa St. Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [Tel: (0504) 21888].


Realise Your Writing Dreams During Lockdown.

Free Online Writing Courses

They say “everyone has one book in them” and it was the quick-minded English polemicist or controversial debater, Christopher Hitchens, who added that “in most cases that’s where it should stay”.

All joking aside, if you feel you have something worth putting into writing, then lock-down is the perfect time to achieve this goal.

You may not have a book in you. Instead you may want to write a poem, a short story or a song. If you do, but aren’t sure how to get started, FutureLearn.com offers free online courses from some of the world’s top universities.

Hereunder are just some of the writing courses on FutureLearn.com available to access for free: –

An Introduction to Screenwriting
UEA (University of East Anglia). Click HERE.

Start Writing Fiction
The Open University. Click HERE.

How to Write Your First Song
The University of Sheffield. Click HERE.

How To Make A Poem
Manchester Metropolitan University. Click HERE.

Remember “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”


Xmas Message To Ireland’s Diaspora From Irish President Mr Michael D. Higgins

“Christmas will be different this year to that with which we are familiar”

Picture shows: President Higgins and his lady wife Sabina standing centre on ground lit to symbolise a streaming river, travelling out from Áras An Uachtaráin to all Irish people, especially those who cannot be with their loving families this Christmas.

Message from Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Xmas 2020

Mar Uachtarán na hÉireann, ba mhaith liom beannachtaí na Nollag a ghuí ar mhuintir na hÉireann ar fud an domhain. [English Translation: “As President of Ireland, I would like to wish the Irish people around the world a very Merry Christmas”.]

Is pribhléid é dom i mbliana beannachtaí a chuir chugaibh, teaghlach domhanda na hÉireann, atá gaolta de réir ár nÉireannachas coiteann, idir cultúr, stair agus oidhreacht, cibé áit ina bhfuil tú, agus cibé chúinse. [English Translation: “It is a privilege for me this year to send greetings to you, the global family of Ireland, who are related by our common Irishness, in terms of culture, history and heritage, wherever you are, and under whatever circumstances”.]

Ba bhliain dhúshlánach í dúinn go léir, ach bhí sí níos deacra do dhaoine áirithe. [English Translation: “It was a challenging year for all of us, but it was harder for some”.]

May I send my warmest Christmas greetings, as Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of Ireland, to all our extended Irish family across the world.

Wherever you may be, and in whatever circumstances, as Ireland’s global family connected by our shared Irishness, its culture, heritage and history, it is a privilege to send greetings on what has been a difficult year for all of us, but some more than others.

Christmas this year will, by necessity, be a different Christmas to that with which we are familiar. At this time of year, it has long been the practice of workers, friends and families to gather together to socialise and celebrate. So many friends and family from abroad looked forward to returning home to catch up on family and local news and of course to experience and share the excitement and joy that, for so many, Christmastime represents.

Regrettably, so many of these traditional Christmas activities will not take place in 2020, or will have to be severely curtailed, owing to COVID-19. This is yet another disappointment to be added to the personal, social, economic and indeed cultural consequences of a pandemic that has resulted in so much tragedy since it enveloped the world earlier this year.

May I suggest, however, that the COVID crisis should not mean that we cannot have a Christmas of resonance this year, one that we will remember in the future. With a little imagination and goodwill, we can all make Christmas 2020 a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons. I suggest we do so on the basis of good citizenship.

This Christmas presents us with an opportunity to make a profound reflection on the importance of strengthening our determination to continue with our efforts to take care, to suppress the virus and, in doing so, demonstrate solidarity with our essential workers and with each other, so that we all prevail with our health protected and with the essentials of our social and economic interactions recovered with the minimum of risk.

The principles that guide us in our renewed commitment can be sourced in those fundamental values that represent the best of ourselves, such as solidarity, care, compassion, kindness, sensitivity. These values have been generously demonstrated by so many of our citizens over the past year as the public health crisis unfolded.

We continue to share the grief of those who have lost loved-ones, and share the anguish of those whose lives and livelihoods that have been impacted adversely. We feel for the loneliness being experienced by those who have been separated from contact with those who previously sustained them. This is all the more poignant at Christmastime. We must acknowledge, too, that for so many the loss of the social, economic and recreational practices that were their links to life in its rich totality is near devastating. We must encourage each other and draw strength from that.

As we connect to our wider Irish family and to the many friends of Ireland who celebrate Christmas with us, from far and wide, in perhaps equally unusual circumstances, let us also resolve to embrace all of our responsibilities as global citizens, and to work with fellow citizens across all continents for a more equal, just and sustainable world; a world that, with all our endeavours, can reject violence in all its forms, and redoubles its efforts to end global poverty, exploitation and exclusion.

Yes, 2020 has been a gruelling year for all of us and a tragic year for so many, but let us recall that, while it is important never to forget that Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, it also marks the beginning of longer, lighter days, and is thus a powerful symbol of hope, a beacon of better days to come.

May I wish all those who share this island, be they Irish people by birth or descent, or those who have a connection with Ireland, wherever they may be in the world, and all those fellow global citizens who are friends of Ireland, a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Ba mhaith liom Nollaig Shona agus síochánta a ghuí ar gach duine ar an oileán seo, Éireannach ó dhúchas, daoine a bhfuil baint acu le hÉirinn ar gach cearn den domhan, agus na saoránaigh dhomhanda ba chairde na hÉireann iad ar fud an domhain. [English Translation: “I would like to wish a Happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone on this island, native Irishmen, people with a connection to Ireland all over the world, and the global citizens who were Ireland’s friends around the world”.]

Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh. [English Translation: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.]


DIY Christmas Decorations For December 8th

Many of the activities that families typically enjoy at Christmas time are not possible this year. Trips to visit Santa in shopping centres and a trip to the cinema to see the latest Christmas movie won’t take place in 2020.

Although we are somewhat limited in what we can get up to outside our homes this Christmas, there are lots of fun Christmas crafts and games we can enjoy in the warm comfort of our own homes.

December 8th traditionally marks the start of Christmas in Ireland and many families begin decorating their homes from this date.

Why not add a bit of family fun to your Christmas decorating this year and try and make some of these fun and traditional Christmas paper crafts?
All you need is Sellotape or Glue, Paper, a Stapler and a Scissors.

If you want more examples why not try out these links hereunder: –

3D Paper Snowflakehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4wK8l_0On0

3D Paper Christmas Treeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZAsOQiZMEs

Paper Snowflake Templateshttps://www.firstpalette.com/printable/snowflake.html

Christmas Tree Garlandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BD_EZDcutg

Enjoy making your 3D Paper Snowflake and please do be careful with that sharp, pointed Scissors.


Behold, Crib In Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Tipperary

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

[Gospel according to St. Luke: Chapter 2 – verses 15-16 (King James Version]

Now, with at least some Covid-19 virus restrictions lifted, one place to visit this 2020 Christmas season is the crib in the village of Two-Mile-Borris, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Crib is set up next door to the Church of St. James, in an old disused shed on the side of the main street, almost directly opposite John Tully’s Gala Supermarket in the village.

Remember on your visit: Strict adherence to social distancing and face covering please.

To those responsible for the crib’s construction – congratulations and well done – truly artistic and worthy of a visit by all and sundry, this Christmas period.