Local Christmas traditions in city and county

THERE are several well known traditions that take place around the city and county every Christmas/

THERE are several well known traditions that take place around the city and county every Christmas/

*The meet of the Kilmoganny Harriers in Kilmoganny each year on Boxing day/Saint Stephens day

*The wren which continues in some rural areas.

* The annual climb of Kilmacoliver Hill near Tullahought on December 21 to view the setting sun at the circle of stones there ( it is aliened with the west, two stones there are close together and are form of kind of V into which the declining sun sinks).

The nearby Knockroe prehistoric burial chamber is almost certainly also aliened in the same manner but this has yet to be confirmed.

*The pealing of the Bells of Saint Canice’s Cathedral on New Years Eve is always a wonderful aural experience which I am fairly sure will take place again this year.

*Visiting the graves of those especially who have died during the year before Christmas Dinner is an old and probably growing as a family practice for many.

*The Rotary/PROBUS Remembrance Tree on the Parade is well on the way to becoming a tradition – entitled “ Remember a loved one for the Home Care Team” is a well received fund raising effort for the HCT. People are invited to inscribe the names of those in their family who have died especially during recent years on cards, and these are hung on the tree. Both bishops conduct a joint short service there on Christmas Eve at 10.00 am at which a choir attended. It is a moving occasion and continues to secure widespread support.