Month: December 2009

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It seems a Norman Family, relocating to Kilkenny brought more then just their suitcases of French perfumes, fine wines and strings of garlic. Apparently the French penchant for durty, cheating, va va vooom, thievery has a long historical precedent, as evidenced by their alleged translation of the relics of St. Nicholas to Ireland sometime during the 12th century after having nicked them from the 'Holy Land'. As previously reported here at Blather Lost in Translation Much as I love the idea that the Irish are secretly compiling a veritable Aladdin's Cave of holy relics of feast days (Well, we do have dem bones, dem bones, of that Valentine fella), there is unfortunately no historical or archaeological truth to the entire story. First of all, there are several independent accounts of the actual bones of St. Nick being swiped, robbed, "removed" (under divine direction) from Myra and spirited away to their...