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Brockton, Irish town aim for a Santa hat record

BROCKTON — Before Sunday, few Brockton residents had ever seen a little town in Ireland called Mullingar.

But as more than 1,500 revelers gathered in downtown Brockton wearing red-and-white Santa hats, they were met with a giant television screen with a grainy video feed straight from the Irish town 50 miles west of Dublin: Thousands of Mullingar residents waved back at them, all clad in Santa hats.

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