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Christmas Message – President Michael D. Higgins

Christmas and New Year’s Message from President Michael D. Higgins.

“Let us, continue to journey forward in a spirit of hope and solidarity”

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Thurles Town

You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to Thurles town.
He’s making a list and checking it twice;
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Yes, Santa Claus is coming to Thurles town
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From Thurles.Info, may we wish all our readers an enjoyable, safe, and peaceful Christmas.

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Thurles, Co. Tipperary Christmas 2020.

May we here at Thurles.Info take this opportunity to wish everyone at home and abroad a very happy Christmas, especially those, who for one reason or another, have been unable to travel due to the present Covid-19 pandemic.

Our slideshow will hopefully carry a reminder of previous Christmas’s spent amongst us, and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, Please Do Stay Safe.


Figgy Pudding:

“Oh, bring us some figgy pudding” is one of the traditional lines in the lyrics associated with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, our second song used in our video slideshow shown above.

Figgy pudding possibly first originated in the 14th-century, (referred to in 1390), as a way principally to preserve food and was initially served as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas season.

Beef and mutton were mixed with raisins and prunes, wines and spices and sometimes with eggs. When grains were finally added it gained the look of porridge, bearing the names “Frumenty, Frumentee, Furmity, Fromity, or Fermenty.”

In the early 15th century, the ingredients mutated into “Plum Pottage”. A mix of meats, grains, vegetables, fats, spices and fruits, most notably raisins and currants, and same were packaged like huge sausages inside animal stomachs and intestines, (some similarities with Haggis traditionally of Scottish origin and going back to 1430), to be stored until it was served as part of the traditional Celtic Christmas meal usually on Christmas Eve.

“Plum Pottage” was not always associated with Christmas, but was also connected with Mothering Sunday, (i.e. in late spring), and with sheep-shearing (i.e. held in June).

This Christmas styled dessert was banned in the mid-16th century. by Puritans (English Protestants), under Oliver Cromwell, but was reinstated as a Christmas pudding by King George I, in the early 18th century. Many Puritans objected to the Popish associations of Christmas and to the excesses of enjoyment associated, such as lavish eating, play-acting, gambling and dancing.

Figs have never actually been an official ingredient of ‘figgy pudding‘, but may have been briefly included from time to time, thus inspiring the name.

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Angela’s Christmas ‘Stealing Baby Jesus’

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.

St. Matthew Gospel Chapter 7: Verse 12.

Amidst the hundreds of Christmas Movies available to watch this festive season, be sure to take some time to relax and watch the heart-warming tale of ‘Angela’s Christmas’.

Set in Co. Limerick, Ireland in 1914, and based on a tale by Frank McCourt, ‘Angela’s Christmas’ will captivate audiences both young and old.

It’s Christmas Eve and Angela is off to Mass with her family, when she spots a baby Jesus in need of clothes more suited to our Irish weather. With wit and determination, little Angela hatches a plan, that takes her on a comical, but poignant, adventure.

Created by Ireland’s own award-winning Brown Bag Animation Studio, and featuring an all-star Irish cast, ‘Angela’s Christmas’, [available to view on NETFLIX], captures so much of what really matters at this time of year; namely our families, our children, faith and humanity.

At another level, ‘Angela’s Christmas’ is a powerful reminder that the simplest gestures at Christmas can make a huge difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Do remember this Christmas, that you can make a difference to those less fortunate by supporting many of our local Thurles charitable groups including: Thurles Lions Club, St Vincent de Paul, and Thurles Meals on Wheels.

As stated ‘Angela’s Christmas’ is available to stream on NETFLIX and is rated U.
A sequel, ‘Angela’s Christmas Wish’, has been released on NETFLIX in recent weeks.

Both films are ideal educational viewing for school students, coming up to the Christmas Holiday period

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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.

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