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“Silent Night Christmas in the Trenches 1915” a holiday chart-topper?

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05.12.2018

Warm greetings from a chilly Clare with the winter solstice biting at us already and only a thin sliver of moon away above Lough Derg and the Shannon. But never mind that at all because I have an amazing and heartwarming yarn for ye, no matter where you are reading this, and I hope ye relish the details.

Myself, I’m quite blown away by recent internet developments in this new Ireland which, by the minute and hour, are seeing my turkey and fatted calf being delivered weeks before the ritual bells begin to jingle and jangle.

In a walnut shell, what happened over the last couple of weeks is that a video recording appeared on Facebook (which I fear and avoid myself by the way) and it features the splendid group Celtic Thunder, all uniformed for the First World War period of our history, giving their rousing and touching rendering of “Silent Night Christmas in the Trenches 1915” which I wrote nearly 30 years ago, one of the only two songs I’ve written that I’m genuinely proud of.

Legend has it that on Christmas Day 1915, soldiers from both sides of the trenches in World War One met up in No-Man's-Land for a game of football (Soccar for you Americans ;) ... On Christmas Day, after some shouting........

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