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Tonight, Wed­nes­day is the last night of the 2008 En­niskerry Shop­ping Nights 4 p.m un­til 9 p.m.

This is great chance to en­joy the real Christ­mas at­mos­phere in the Alpine Vil­lage with Santa, Choirs, shops go leor, mulled wine, mince pies and a real feel­ing of Christ­mas present. Of course all the lo­cal shops will be open and many lo­cals shar­ing their wares too.


Wel­come to the new res­i­dents of Park­nasil­logue Cres­cent who moved into the new homes in En­niskerry af­ter a long wait. Hope Santa was in­formed of the change of ad­dress.


Hec­tor, one the best known char­ac­tors of En­niskerry, will cel­e­brate his 40th Birth­day tonight in Pow­er­scourt Ho­tel amongst a large num­ber of friends and re­la­tions at what is be­ing billed as the ‘Birth­day of the year ’.


The con­ti­nous dig­ging of the roads in and out of En­niskerry vil­lage hope­fully reached a peak last week when four roads were us­ing ‘Stop Go’ signs caus­ing long de­lays and traf­fic diver­sions.


En­niskerry wel­comes home Sean Wood­cock of Kil­gar­ron Hill af­ter his mishap re­sult­ing in a hospi­tal stay. The well known man of En­niskerry was a for­mer mem­ber of Wick­low County Coun­cil.


The new pub­lic toi­let is caus­ing a stir around the En­niskerry Vil­lage price­wise . the free toi­let now costs 50 cent - is this inflation or not at the new­est build­ing in the Vil­lage?


Christ­mas Trees are get­ting a lit­tle scarce at the Kil­molin Cen­tre. the O Toole Broth­ers have been highly recog­nised in France where thou­sands of their trees are grac­ing French Homes this Christ­mas but En­niskerry peo­ple can still get the best tree at home here in En­niskerry.


En­niskerry didn’t es­cape the re­cent spate of rob­beries when heat­ing oil was robbed from tanks out­side peo­ples homes. Noth­ing seems to be safe any­more, so every­one should take spe­cial care over the Christ­mas pe­riod.


The An­nual En­niskerry Se­nior Cit­i­zens Draw took place on Sun­day night and win­ners will be no­ti­fied. The New Year’s party will take place in the sec­ond week in Jan­uary, and no­tices will be posted lo­cally.


Last Thurs­day night there was stand­ing room only for the fi­nal 2009 meet­ing of the En­niskerry His­tory So­ci­ety, which meets un­der the guid­ance of its pres­i­dent John Cal­lan , in the A,O.H. Hall, when Brian White pre­sented his new il­lus­trated talk ‘The Hid­den Se­crets of the Dar­gle Val­ley’ to the So­ci­ety.

Brian opened his pre­sen­ta­tion by re­call­ing the Car­ri­goona Ex­per­i­ment car­ried out in 1889 by William Fletcher Bar­ret which ex­am­ined the power of wa­ter dows­ing at Car­ri­goona near En­niskerry with this ex­per­i­ment be­ing car­ried out us­ing the best sci­en­tific data of the time.

Brian also looked at the fam­i­lies of Grat­tan, LeFanu, Howard, Monck, Lloyd, West, D’arcy and Ma­son. Their ex­ploits in­cluded a near fa­tal horse ac­ci­dent, a fa­mous rugby player, hot air bal­loon­ist and soap maker, and op­ti­cal maker.

Brian also looked at the Bar­ring­ton fam­ily -

R.M Bar­ring­ton stud­ied the rain­fall in the Dar­gle val­ley for 41 years and pre­dicted the 1905 flood in 1894. The fi­nal part of the talk cov­ered the para­nor­mal sight­ings in the val­ley of the Di­a­monds, Blind lane, Lovers Leap, Bal­lor­ney, of the County Wick­low ver­sion of the Loch Ness mon­ster sighted at Lough Bray on 3rd June 1963. There was an out­break of Cholera in the Dar­gle Val­ley in 1866 in which 5 of the 6 oc­cu­pants of the house died in one week. Brian con­cluded his pre­sen­ta­tion was tak­ing ques­tions from the au­di­ence and af­ter John Cal­lan closed the meet­ing.

The En­niskerry His­tory So­ci­ety will open its 2009 pro­gramme of lec­tures on Jan­uary 8th 2009 in the A.O.H. Hall in the Vil­lage at 8.30pm when Padraig Laf­fan will present his lec­ture ‘ The Great Flu’ which will re­call the great in­fluenza epi­demic of 1918 some­times called ‘The Span­ish Flu’. All are wel­come to at­tend this lec­ture.

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