New group delv­ing into para­nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties

Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

A NEW Wex­ford based group has been set up to in­ves­ti­gate para­nor­mal in­ci­dents around the county and across the wider south east re­gion.

South East Para­nor­mal Re­search was es­tab­lished by a team of ded­i­cated re­searchers who have a pas­sion­ate in­ter­est in and ex­pe­ri­ence of in­ves­ti­gat­ing hard-to-ex­plain, ap­par­ently su­per­nat­u­ral, oc­cur­rences.

What makes the team stand out from other groups op­er­at­ing around the coun­try is the cred­i­bil­ity of the peo­ple be­hind it.

Film­maker and artist, An­drew Kenny, his wife, San­dra, and his song­writer brother, Shane Kenny, de­cided to set up the group to give a sci­en­tific ap­proach to su­per­nat­u­ral in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

A sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of their work is that they view all in­ci­dents as hav­ing ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tions be­fore en­ter­tain­ing the thought that some­thing para­nor­mal is oc­cur­ring.

‘We are re­searchers who ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the para­nor­mal,’ said Shane, when com­ment­ing on the group to this news­pa­per.

‘We re­search lo­ca­tions with an al­leged his­tory of haunt­ings,’ he added.

An­drew pointed out there is a sci­en­tific ap­proach to what they do and while not overly scep­ti­cal the mem­bers al­ways try to find a ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion to the seem­ingly un­nat­u­ral oc­cur­rences they ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘We aim to re­search and study a va­ri­ety of phe­nom­ena pop­u­larly as­so­ci­ated with ideas of ap­par­ent para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity,’ he said.

The team eval­u­ates its in­ves­ti­ga­tions us­ing au­dio and vis­ual record­ings in ad­di­tion to car­ry­ing out re­search us­ing other ‘ex­per­i­men­tal’ meth­ods of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The SEPR group al­ways dou­ble-checks ev­ery­thing it does to en­sure that no stone has been left un­turned in the mem­bers’ ef­forts to get to the bot­tom of what­ever par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and they al­ways try to find a ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion first.

‘We fo­cus pri­mar­ily on rul­ing out pos­si­ble ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tions first, be­fore look­ing at a para­nor­mal ex­pla­na­tion,’ said Shane.

‘We doc­u­ment and record each in­ves­ti­ga­tion by cre­at­ing and re-test­ing ex­per­i­ments,’ he added.

The group takes a me­thod­i­cal ap­proach to its work and the mem­bers ad­mit they are scep­ti­cal and al­ways seek to get a bal­anced view.

While their own group is rel­a­tively new the mem­bers have many years ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them of work­ing in the area of para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity with other groups.

How­ever, theirs is a non-profit ini­tia­tive and they don’t rely on or em­ploy the use of medi­ums, clair­voy­ants, or psy­chics in their work.

‘We be­lieve a more sci­en­tific ap­proach is more ap­pro­pri­ate to our meth­ods,’ said Shane.

Dur­ing one re­cent in­ves­ti­ga­tion that took place in the Atheneum in En­nis­cor­thy the group recorded ap­par­ent mu­sic sounds from a room in which there was no-one present.

Un­ex­plained sounds were also recorded by the group in Red­wood Cas­tle in Co Tip­per­ary.

De­spite ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and anal­y­sis the sounds re­main un­ex­plainded.

Any­one with a build­ing or premises they feel might be haunted or sub­ject to strange oc­cur­rences is in­vited to con­tact the group which will carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion freeof-charge.

South East Para­nor­mal Re­search group is avail­able for pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tions and can be con­tacted through var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Its work is also car­ried out in strict con­fi­dence if de­sired by those who avail of its ser­vices.

Shane Kenny, San­dra Hor­nick-Kenny and An­drew Kenny, from South East Para­nor­mal Re­search.

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