By Dan Walsh
A number of businesses in Enniscorthy reopened yesterday (Tuesday) after 40 days in the wilderness due to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions and more will reopen between now and Friday. The town is illuminated by the Christmas lights that were switched on virtually from Market Square last Friday.
Despite a Wexford wide mobile network failure, Santa and the Enniscorthy Elves rose to the occasion and the recorded event has been viewed by thousands from near and far on the @ShopEnniscorthy social media pages since. Late night shoppers were surprised to see Olaf and some more seasonal characters flitter about as the countdown rung out.
Enniscorthy Municipal District Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, who officiated, commented; “As we light up our town, let us firstly thank all our frontline and retail/service staffs that have worked so hard this year and hold in our thoughts all those affected by the pandemic. We support and applaud you. But let us also be joyous and excited about the season to come for our children and community. We need to shop local, keep safe, make every contact count, and celebrate the season in a spirit of unity and common purpose. The magic of Christmas will prevail.”
Local children are reminded to post their Santa Letters in the big green box now in situ at Market Square and to keep an eye out for Santa on the Square from next Saturday. Viewing times and further details will be issued on the www.facebook.com/shopenniscorthy page from Friday.
Remembering dearly departed loved ones and friends has always been a feature of the festive season and this year, the general public will have an opportunity of doing so by placing an intention label on the Christmas tree in the Market Square. The labels will be on sale from the central kiosk in the Square from next weekend and can be placed on the tree immediately or retained by the attendant for placement.
An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at the tree closer to Christmas to remember all who have gone before us. Celebrants will be Rev. Odhran Furlong, Administrator, St. Aidan’s Cathedral, and Rev. Nicola Halford, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. Memory Labels are €2.50 each or five for €10 and all proceeds will be presented to St. Vincent de Paul Society by The Lions Club committee overseeing the project locally.