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Three Wooden Crosses

Three Wooden Crosses on the Highway
Composed by Kim Edwin Williams & Doug Johnson

A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher,
Ridin’ on a midnight bus bound for Mexico.
One’s headed for vacation, one for higher education,
An’ two of them were searchin’ for lost souls.
That driver never ever saw the stop sign.
An’ eighteen wheelers can’t stop on a dime.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there’s not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It’s what you leave behind you when you go.

That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres,
The faith an’ love for growin’ things in his young son’s heart.
An’ that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children:
Did her best to give ’em all a better start.
An’ that preacher whispered: “Can’t you see the Promised Land?”
As he laid his blood-stained bible in that hooker’s hand.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there’s not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It’s what you leave behind you when you go.

That’s the story that our preacher told last Sunday.
As he held that blood-stained bible up,
For all of us to see.
He said: “Bless the farmer, and the teacher, an’ the preacher;
“Who gave this Bible to my mamma,
“Who read it to me.”

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there’s not four of them, now I guess we know.
It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It’s what you leave behind you when you go.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway.

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No Place For ‘Faint Of Heart’ At Holycross Pumpkin Fest Yesterday.

I want you to imagine the situation yesterday.

You get out of bed, bleary eyed and trundle along to your local Holycross Village Market. Your sole intention is to get a couple of your favourite apple sponge cakes; a bunch of organic carrots; a bee’s wax candle (well you never know when the ESB is going to be cut off these days); a loaf of freshly baked brown bread and your first creamy coffee of the day.

A female stall holder screams. You turn around and “God help us”, there they are; natives of Mars, North America, Transylvania and Tipperary.

Photographs don’t lie. Watch the video.

I first spotted a knife wielding bride of Dracula; then as if in a nightmare, a blood splattered Thurles Sarsfield hurler (looking, no doubt, for Kilkenny supporters; after they had dealt with Kiladangan); Vampires all operating in bright daylight; the blood thirsty Dracula himself; numerous walking Skeletons and Zombies; Witches old and young, all dressed in black; a crowd of Muppets (none of which had been elected to Dáil Éireann); a giant Bumble Bee; a Green Woman from Mars; a 68 million year old, sweet eating, Horned Triceratops Dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period (and they told us they were extinct!); a Changeling from the outer world, latter a member of that supernatural race Tuath Dé Danann (“the folk of the goddess Danu”).

Then as if things were not bad enough, Pennywise the dancing evil clown from “It” appeared out of nowhere, leaving me suffering from an attack of coulrophobia (that’s a fear of clowns).

Thankfully super heroes, Black Panther; Superman; Super Mario; a Super Megaforce Power Ranger, together with a Dragon Slaying Knight, in his shining armour, made their appearence, which as you can imagine, set not just my mind, but also the minds of the frightened stall-holders at their ease.

I need not tell you I was out of there like lightening having done my shop, and on arriving home, bolted the front and back door, before pulling all the curtains. Is it safe to go out yet I wonder?

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Tomorrow Sat. Oct. 30th Three Hours of Pumpkin Festivities At Holycross Market.

Muppet Monster.

It is “Ready, Set, Go” for Halloween Festivities at Holycross Market, here in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow, with their extra special “Holycross Pumpkin Fest” taking place.

A host of spooky and other spectacular events will take off, promising to entertain young and old and guaranteeing the very best in family fun.

Market organisers will be seeking those skilled conker fighters to participate in the “Tipperary Conker Championship” which will result in a trophy and prizes for both the winner and runner-up.

Don’t forget Ruadhán Gormally, that incredibly talented Galway born puppet maker, who was recently featured on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will be here in Holycross Market tomorrow, to entertain and delight with a collection of his best puppets.

A “Muppet Monster” style Puppet will also be raffled off as part of the afternoon’s much anticipated festivities.

As stated, the market will be extending their opening time by one hour, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with lots of extra music, tricks, treats and other shenanigans, for children and adults, in honour of this truly Irish tradition.

Meanwhile; the market organisers of this Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest, want to keep the family fun rolling out over the full Halloween holiday, with other ‘spooktacular’ Halloween activities after their market closes.

Create Your Own Halloween Puppet from Paper

After Ruadhán Gormally’s puppet display, you’ll be inspired to make your own puppets. To make these easy Halloween hand puppets, all you need is paper, glue, scissors and some ‘crafty’ creativity.

Make Some Halloween Garlands.

Street area’s and stalls at the Holycross Market will be decorated for Halloween. Why not have a go at making your own Halloween decorations? Many of us will remember making these paper garlands as children. Why not put a Halloween spin on this oldest of paper crafts. No skill required, just some folding and cutting with a scissors. Just click HERE.

Learn to Draw a Favourite Halloween Monster.

You are sure to see lots of creepy costumes at the Holycross Halloween Market. When you get home, why not learn to draw a few. As always, Art for Kids Hub offers hundreds of free tutorials on how to draw our favourite Halloween characters. With lessons for all ages and abilities it’s no wonder this channel has over 5 million subscribers. Click HERE.

Bake Some Halloween Buns with Mum.

Once you have eaten all the delicious cakes you bought at Holycross Market, try out some of these delicious Halloween bakes, courtesy of Oldlum’s by clicking HERE.

Play Some Halloween Games.

Still feeling competitive after the Holycross Conker Championship? Here are five other Halloween games that will provide lots of fun for young and old.
Halloween Charades click HERE.
Pin the Spider on the Web click HERE.
Wrap the Mummy click HERE. (Persuade Mum to buy a few extra toilet roll)
Halloween Relay Race click HERE.
Guess the Gross Food click HERE.

See you all tomorrow at Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest. It’s the place to be.


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Conker Championship At Holycross Market “Pumpkin Fest”.

The much anticipated Tipperary “Conker Championships” will take place at the “Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest” here in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday October 30th from 1:00pm4:00pm; reviving a tradition first mentioned as a sport by Poet Laureate Robert Southey in his memoirs published in 1821.

But first, those of you who have never competed previously will need to get some practise under your belt, for this event.
So to understand and learn more about preparing and winning this “Conker Championship”, please watch the video hereunder.

We understand from the Holycross Market Committee that a beautiful trophy, hand crafted locally, awaits the winner, with first place also earning a purse to the value of €50 in cash, and with the runner-up earning €25. “A nice little earner”, what with Christmas looming on the horizon.

So with tomorrow being Sunday; designated “a day of rest”, insist that Mum & Dad take you to the nearest Horse Chestnut tree, then choose a few conkers and start practising.
Remember the championship is just a week away.

Warning: Having watched the video; Kids do ask Dad to drill the hole in your Conker, so that you do not skewer your hand or fingers, injuring yourself before the event.

Next & Very Important: To enter for this event you need to text Sean @ 086 173 0621, to register.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Remember – Holycross Market – Saturday October 30th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

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Oct. 30th -“Pumpkin Fest” Arrives To Holycross Market.

Halloween is coming to Holycross with an extra special “Holycross Pumpkin Fest” taking place on October 30th.

A host of spooky and spectacular events promise to entertain young and old and guarantee the very best in family fun.

For strong and skilled conker fighters, participants are sought for a “Conker Championship” with a trophy and prizes for the winners.

Ruadhán Gormally, the incredibly talented Galway born puppet maker, who was recently featured on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will be there on the day, to entertain and delight with a collection of his best puppets.

Not to be missed kids.

On October 30th, there will be an extended opening time from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with lots of extra music, tricks, treats and other shenanigans for children and adults, in honour of this truly Irish tradition.
Yes, that’s right! Halloween, is an Irish tradition, owing its origins to the Celts and first celebrated over 2000 years ago.

The Celts celebrated the end of Harvest on the last day of October as part of a holiday called Samhain. They believed that on this day, spirits came and killed their crops.
To keep the spirits happy and at bay, the Celts left out food to treat the spirits and danced and dressed up wearing masks and costumes to keep the spirits entertained.

When Christianity arrived in Ireland, this tradition evolved. ‘All Souls’ Day‘ begun to be celebrated on November 2nd to honour the dead. November 1st became a day to honour the Saints or All Saints Day, also known as, All Hallow’s Day. October 31st became All Hallow’s Eve, which eventually morphed into the word Halloween.

Hundreds of years later, Halloween is celebrated all around the world, with children and adults alike, still dressing up, enjoying treats and telling ghost stories, and they owe it all to the Irish.

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