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Roll Out The AstraZeneca

No well-known current day personalities get spared in this humours song, which comes courtesy of funny man Eamonn Macdonncha and his children, Ciarán aged 10 and Cóilín aged 7, all who shared in the performance of “Roll out the AstraZeneca” posted on YouTube.

Sit back and have a good laugh, sure there is nothing else you can be doing this Tuesday morning, as you pretend to work from home.

“Roll out the AstraZeneca”

Oh, lockdown nearly broke us
It’s brought us to our knees,
Thank god for Arthur Guinness
And for the PUPs.

Oh when will the public houses
Ever open the door?
At the rate of vaccination,
It’ll be 2024.

Well Varadkar got the vaccine
Just earlier in the week.
He had it only in his arm
And the thing began to leak!

Well they gave it to Arlene Foster
And it drove her half insane,
She claims she’s got some Fenian blood
And she wants to join Sinn Féin

There’s no one in the restaurants
And there’s no one in the pubs,
And there’s not a team in Ireland
That can stop the bloody Dubs.

When the Green’s get vaccinated
Eamonn Ryan’s boots will quake,
The biggest job they’ll have is
Trying to keep the whore awake.

When they jabbed the Queen of England
It created quite a spark,
They gave none to Meghan Markl
Saying her skin was way too dark.


Remember – Feast Of Saint Valentine Is Tomorrow.

Tomorrow of course is the Feast of Saint Valentine, celebrated annually on February 14th each year, as a minor Western Christian feast day.

The Feast of St. Valentine was first established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496, to be celebrated on February 14th in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome. St. Valentine of Rome was believed to be a temple priest, who was executed outside the Flaminian Gate, in Rome, [on the Piazza del Popolo, which was a place for public executions], by the anti-Christian Emperor Claudius II. His crime was helping Roman soldiers to marry when they were forbidden to by the Christian faith at the time. He was executed on that same day, February 14th, in AD 269.

Tradition claims that St. Valentine as a prisoner restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer. It is believed he afterwards wrote to the jailer’s daughter a letter, which he signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution.

Benedictine monks are believed to have spread the practise of honouring St. Valentine to England, France and Ireland.

True or not, woe betide any man who has forgotten to obtain at least some small gift token, in expression of their love, to those whom they hold ‘near and dear’, tomorrow.

While many would hold that the traditional Irish folk ballad, known by almost every Irish person, entitled “Spancil Hill(Spancilhill), is an authentic 19th-century Saint Valentine’s love letter, and indeed worthy of St. Valentine, the writer Michael Considine in his dream arrived in Spancilhill “on the 23rd of June, the day before the fair”, and not on February 14th.

The author of the poem Michael Considine (1850–73) was baptized on August 11th 1850, (Page No. 204, entry No. 6051, in the Roman Catholic Baptism register of the parish of Clooney, Bunratty Upper), and at an early age travelled on emigrant ship to the United States, and who in 1873, now longed to be back in his homeland, at ‘the Cross of Spancil Hill’, Co. Clare.

Like many others, initially he was escaping from a God forsaken Ireland, then crippled by the Great Potato Famine of 1845, having emigrated at the age of 20 years in search of a better life. He worked for a few years in Boston Massachusetts in the United States, before heading west to California in the hope of finding riches in the gold rush.
At the age of 23, he became ill and when he knew he was probably dying, he penned the poem “Spancilhill”, which later became a folk ballad. He posted his love poem to his young nephew in Ireland. Alas, Michael Considine died aged 23years, in 1873.

Spancil Hill Crossroads, named in the poem, exists in the townland of Castletown, Doora, Co. Clare in the barony of Bunratty Upper, County Clare. The word ‘spancil’ refers to the practice of “spancilling,” which was to use a short piece of rope or other stout material to tie an animal’s left fore-leg to its right hind leg, thereby preventing same from straying or wandering.

Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin, today houses some relics of St. Valentine.


Stay At Home Festive Fun For All Family Members

Wednesday January 6th traditionally marks the end of Christmas, with decorations gradually coming down in the days that follow.
With just a few days of festive fun left and with everyone asked to stay home and stay safe, here are some last minute ideas for “Stay at Home Christmas Fun”.

View also HERE for more fun or play the video hereunder

Emoji Christmas Guessing Games

Emojis are a language all of their own and one language all teenagers are fluent in, so why not put their Emoji knowledge to the test with an Emoji Christmas Guessing Game. Say what you see and guess the Christmas Song For great emoji Christmas guessing games visit the following links, to be found HEREHEREHERE.

Tune In For More Fun Tomorrow


Wishing All Readers Of Thurles.Info A Very Happy New Year in 2021

Our thanks to the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, for their beautiful and harmonious rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’

“And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere
And gie’s a hand o’ thine
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught [goodwill draft]
For auld lang syne” [for old times’ sake]

Extract from the 1780 poem, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, by Scottish poet Robert Burns.

A Very Happy New Year to all of You, both at home and abroad in 2021.


Country Music Legend Charley Pride Dies Aged 86yrs.

Country music legend Charley Pride (March 18th 1934 – December 12th 2020), one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time, has died today aged 86, from complications after a fight with the Covid-19 virus.

Winner of the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, top male vocalist prize in 1971 and again in 1972, together with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020, the music legend, during his carreer, landed 25, in all, Top 10 country hits.

Charley is survived by his wife Ebby Rozene Cohran Pride and his three children Carlton Kraig Pride, Charles Dion Pride, and Angela Rozene Pride.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.