Naughty priest tells school kids that Santa may not exist
Upset children later reassured that Santa Claus is for real
Teachers and parents at a Kerry school have moved quickly after a Santa Claus screw up by a visiting priest.
Children at a primary school in Lixnaw were upset when retired priest Martin Hegarty mistakenly implied doubts over Santa.
The children have now been reassured that Father Hegarty made it all up and that Santa does exist after his blunder when he believed he was talking to a class of predominantly sixth class students.
Read More Irish news stories here
The Irish Times reports that Fr Hegarty was filling in for the parish priest when he visited the school to explain the message of Christmas.
The report says that during his talk with children in the fourth, fifth and sixth classes, he implied that Santa did not exist.
A number of children became upset and at least one began crying.
The school’s board of management is to meet to discuss the matter later this week.
A deeply embarrassed Fr Hegarty told the Kerry’s Eye newspaper that he did not realise the children were upset.
He also told the newspaper that Irish children got more presents than other nationalities at Christmas.
The priest said: “So they needn’t worry, the presents will come whether Santa comes or not.”
The school principal and his staff have worked closely with the children to ease their concerns.
One parent told the paper: “The children have been told that the priest was making it all up.”
In a statement Fr Hegarty also conceded that: “Santa Claus is not my area of expertise”.
- The New York Times questions Ireland’s highly-p
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay...
- Bah! Humbug! The ten worst things about Christm
- Spanish judge slams Ryanair’s sexist air...
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- No Irish prosecution for man named as world’s...
- Offensive NFL sign outside restaurant just...
- Ireland crowned “Top Tourist Destination”...
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Dublin cops foil hit on drug kingpin John...
"RECOVERY" My Arse The Country is in so much debt just about paying interest while borrowing 1 bl per month They have just been caught robbiThe New York Times questions Ireland’s highly-praised economic recovery
A bit of sleight of hand, I think. Rather than look into cleaning up the economy in the US, they'd rather try to find someone worse off. I wonder if tOffensive NFL sign outside restaurant just a symptom of a larger problem
Hi Chuck, if we get rid of red, what will Carl Rove do? After all it was his idea to associate red with the Republican Party.How Christmas was in my father’s time
I don't mean to be rude but I am aghast as to why your Father walked barefoot in the middle of Winter & also such a distance as every small villag