Thursday 20 June 2019

'Tree-mendous' creativity at Christmas tree festival

Holly Robinson
Holly Robinson
Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Grace Murphy and Winnie Connolly
Florence and Sarah Masterson
The Grinch Christmas Tree at the Christmas Tree festival in St Mary’s Church

Pádraig Byrne

All manner of creative Christmas trees currently have pride of place in St Mary's Church as it once again hosts the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Once again, the event provides a wonderful festive snap-shot of community life in Enniscorthy with over 40 contributors submitting trees including schools, community groups and local businesses.

This is the third year of the festival at St Mary's and it appears to have won the hearts of the Enniscorthy public and taken it's place as a beloved Christmas tradition as a big crowd filed in to see the launch of this year's offering on Friday night.

This year's festival was inspired by Dr Seuss' 'The Grinch' and there was a special tree depicting the infamous character with the quote: 'Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store… Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.'

Among the beautiful creations were a poppy tree to honour those who died in WWI, a wonderfully colourful entry from St Patrick's Special School, a Christmas tree made entirely from books and an entry from Enniscorthy cleaners made entirely from washing powder boxes and a little clothes line!

Rev Nicola Halford is delighted with the initial feedback.

'The festival's aim is to create a community celebration of Christmas and at the same time to raise funds for both St. Vincent de Paul and our own church fund,' she said. 'There has been a wonderful show of creativity over the past two years and this year certainly hasn't disappointed either. There are some wonderful entries and we would encourage people to bring their children, family and neighbours to see the trees in St Mary's.'

The festival until Sunday and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 12.30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Enniscorthy Guardian