By Dan Walsh
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, and it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness,” a well quoted phrase from the third verse of the Book of Genisis. That was generations ago.
And in more recent times. Councillors, clergy and Santa Claus would switch on the Christmas lights, and it was good; illumination made us merry and the town economy seasonally prospered; and it was very good. And the guards made sure we all got home safely!
Enniscorthy welcomes the light this weekend. A virtual hand will create a live circuit and the town will be bright below the heavenly darkness; and it will be good. And there will be no crowds; The people will gather in their homes and gaze at social media devices and not miss a moment; and it will be good, and it will be safe, and the sales of ice-cream will not be seasonally affected.
Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Cathal Byrne, will address his subjects and he will deliver a Christmas message; and it will be good. And he will encourage the chance to win Enniscorthy Gift Vouchers; and it will be exciting although not everybody will win; and multitudes will be disappointed, well, a little bit! Hopefully, they will be disposed of with dignity and in an approved bin and resist added temptation – the postbox in the Market Square is only for the children to deposit their Santa letters.
The magic begins tomorrow (Saturday) as the sold out www.santasenchantedcastle.ie commences at Enniscorthy Castle and Castle Hill will be a busy place. And it will be good. The town’s festive trees and lights will shine bright from this weekend with some seasonal street art to be unveiled over the coming weeks. There will be no darkness, and it will be good; and despite the pandemic shackles, good humour and friendliness will bring people to Enniscorthy for Christmas 2021.