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Easy and Relaxing Christmas Art

The Christmas season runs roughly from December 25th – January 13th, so we have some days yet to enjoy, despite house decorations coming down usually today.

“Art for Kids Hub” is a YouTube channel that aims to teach all family members how to draw.

It’s a family fun resource we’ve recommended to you before and a resource praised by our Thurles.info readers for its capacity to relax, entertain and occupy all ages for hours on end. Why not check out these fun Christmas Art drawing projects?
All you need is paper and something to draw with.

When you’re done with the above Christmas projects, check out hundreds more drawing projects covering all manner of themes and topics.

Relating to Christmas, see also links: https://youtu.be/X_C_7VOBpNk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oDdE7q39U4&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYKV5P5rs_s&feature=youtu.be

And talking about drawing a Christmas Trees, why not attempt to manufacture an Origami Christmas Tree [Art of paper folding, associated with Japanese culture] all of your own.
See link shown HERE.

Enjoy and above all “Stay Safe”, during these difficult times.

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Six Short Movies Everyone Should See

Six short movies everyone should take time to view

With rain and thunderstorms on their way, why not check out these six award winning short movies. Each one is available to view for free on YouTube and each one has an important and sometimes powerful message for the viewer.

1. The Present

‘The Present’ is a short film about a boy, a present and the importance of taking the time to understand another person’s perspective.

2. Pip

‘Pip’ is a short movie about the power of determination and selflessness.
View Film Here

3. Alike

‘Alike’ is a short animation that shows us what can happen when creativity is stifled instead of embraced.
View Film Here

4. Taking Flight

‘Taking Flight’ is a short film about a great day spent with Grandpa and his storytelling abilities.
View Film Here

5. Lambs

‘Lambs’ is a short movie about parents who worry about their little lamb, who says ‘moo’ instead of ‘baa’.
View Film Here

6. Snack Attack

‘Snack Attack’ is a short animation about an old lady, a packet of cookie swirls and the youth of today.
View Film Here

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“Up, Up and Away!” – Free Kite Workshop

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, reports:-

Up, Up and Away!”

The “Up, Up and Away!” Kite Workshop will takes place on Friday next, November 15th in Thurles library, beginning sharp at 3.15pm.

Do come along and learn all about the science of flight and learn to design your own kite.

Note: This workshop is FREE and is suitable for all children aged between 7-12 years of age.

Remember: Ask Mum or Dad to reserve a place for you with Thurles Library, simply by Telephoning 0761-06-6131.

The Up, Up and Away Kite Workshop is presented by Tipperary Festival of Science.

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Tipperary Man Consumes Tainted Ecstasy At Cork Music Festival

A 19-year-old man is fighting for his life after he consumed, what is believed to be, tainted ecstasy at the Indie19 music Festival in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on Friday last.

The young man who is understood to be from South Co. Tipperary and whose anxious family remain at his hospital bedside, is understood to have suffered multiple organ failure, having collapsed at about 4.30pm on Friday last.

The man was rushed to Cork University Hospital having walked into the festival’s medical centre complaining of being unwell.

Organisers of the popular music event have sent a text message to those attending the festival, warning that a “bad batch of something” was being circulated within the venue.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has since issued an alert; stating: “CUH has received patients with very severe illness from taking ecstasy at the Indie19 Festival in Mitchelstown. We are aware that a text message was issued to attendees concerning reports of a bad batch of something on the camp site. Please circulate & to all attending stay safe.”

Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as ecstasy (E), is a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug. The desired effects being sought by users include altered sensations and increased energy, empathy and pleasure. When taken by mouth in tablet form, these effects begin to take effect 30–45 minutes later and can lasts for up to 6 hours.

MDMA, which has no approved medical uses, has remained popular as a street drug since the 1980’s and remains illegal in most countries.

This week the Irish government announced new plans for dealing with personal drug use, which will see first time offenders referred to the HSE for health screening.

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‘Judas Tree’ – Part Of Christian Folklore

Cercis canadensis ‘Carolina Sweetheart’.

One of the many rare and beautiful trees currently on sale at Seamus O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, situated on the Mill Road, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, must surely be the Cercis canadensis ‘Caroline Sweetheart’, also called the Judas Tree or Flowering Judas Eastern Redbud.

With the name ‘Judas Tree’ comes a legend behind its name, going back to earlier Christian folklore. This myth / folklore hereunder surrounds all such Redbud varieties in the same Genus, found in various parts of the Middle East including Judea.

Cercis canadensis ‘Carolina Sweetheart’.

Christian Folklore

The legend states that originally all such trees were not just tall and stately, but also bore broad, strong branches displaying white flowers. In exchange for thirty pieces of silver; one of the 12 disciples, all followers of Jesus, named Judas Iscariot, from the town of Kerioth in south Judea, would eventually betray Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane. This was simply done by kissing Jesus and addressing him as “Rabbi”; thus revealing his identity to the crowd who had come to arrest him. Judas, on learning later that Jesus was to be crucified, in his shame, hanged himself from supposedly a Redbud tree. The tree itself became so ashamed of the role it had played; vowed that forever more it would not grow its branches strong enough to be used for a hanging. Its wood from then on would remain brittle and its pure white flowers would blush pink, demonstrating visual embarrassment. Thus, the alternate name for Redbud trees became “Judas Trees”; the tree Judas chose for his eventual death.

However, possibly the real truth is that Redbud trees grew throughout Judea and were simply called “Judea’s Trees”, which over time and through word of mouth, verbal accents etc, today have become known as “Judas Trees”.

Just presently shedding its ‘blushing, snapdragon like blossoms’; Cercis canadensis ‘Carolina Sweetheart’, is much sought after in landscaping, especially since its flowers are somewhat unusual, in that they grow from the trunk of the tree, a trait often observed on tropical tree species, and known as “Cauliflory”. For our readers not familiar with the terminology “Cauliflory”, same is a botanical idiom which refers to plants that flower and fruit from their main stems or woody trunks, rather than from new growth; thus aiding pollination from not just flying insects, but also from animals rubbing and climbing.

With flowering complete; typical heart shaped maroon leaves [dark reddish purple or dark brownish red colour taking its name from the French word ‘marron’, or chestnut] will emerge, before becoming green with white margins bearing delightful shades of pink red and purple.

Overall, Cercis canadensis ‘Caroline Sweetheart’, is best described as ‘sheer candy’ to the eyes of any beholder.

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