December 19th, 2009

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Santa Claus 'buried in Ireland'

The saint who the legend of Santa Claus is based on is believed to be buried in Kilkenny, according to local historians. The remains of St Nicholas of Myra, the philanthropist who lived in the 4th century and was the bishop of Lycia, are thought to have been moved to Jerpoint Abbey some 800 years ago.

During his life, St Nicholas left anonymous gifts for the poor and his well-known generosity propelled him to sainthood shortly after his death in 346, inspiring the legend of the jolly man in the red suit.
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