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Father Christmas 'buried in Ireland'

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2009 · Comment icon 8 comments



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Historians believe that the remains of the man who inspired Father Christmas, St Nicholas, are buried in Ireland. He lived during the 4th century and gained sainthood for his tendancy to leave gifts for the poor. He died in the year 346 AD.
The remains of St Nicholas, the man who inspired Father Christmas, are buried at Jerpoint Abbey in County Kilkenny, Ireland, historians believe. Experts claim that the philanthropist St Nicholas of Myra is entombed at the 12th century abbey after his body was moved there 800 years ago.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by www375 13 years ago
Personally, I KNOW he's alive, and well, and living at my neighborhood Wal-Mart!
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
Personally, I KNOW he's alive, and well, and living at my neighborhood Wal-Mart! And charge parents a price to get their kids picture taken with Santa while they ask what they want for Christmas.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Emma_Acid 13 years ago
Sure they didn't mean Father Ted???
Comment icon #4 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
Don't the French he's in Ireland, they believe the hand of the saint, the "blessing" hand is in Saint Nicolas de Port, in Lorraine, she was brought there in 1090, before the first crusade.. so if the skeleton is in Ireland has only one hand, this is it...
Comment icon #5 Posted by questionmark 13 years ago
Ok guys, the full story: St.Nick died in Myra,where his remains stayed for a long time. The skeleton was stolen by sailors from Bari in 1087,who took most of it home(part of the jaw still is in Myra). Though small p[arts of the skeleton have been given as presents to other congregations as relics,the Bari skeleton remains mostly intact. My point? That those who talk to imaginary friends have some strange customs....
Comment icon #6 Posted by Funi 13 years ago
Historians may be right! It's still very cloudy what the crusaders took away from Constantinople and the Holy Lands. Many relics that are documented to have been present were looted by the crusaders, but there are still no traces left by any of the relics.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Graveyard Hound 13 years ago
Boy does Ireland have a lot of saints.(HELLO) Wonder if it because they have so many Catholics in their country
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney 13 years ago
Historians may be right! It's still very cloudy what the crusaders took away from Constantinople and the Holy Lands. Many relics that are documented to have been present were looted by the crusaders, but there are still no traces left by any of the relics. There was also a big trade in relics during the Crusades, so many frauds were produced by people wanting to cash in. Lapiche


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