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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.

Holly Robinson.

John McKenna and Ai­dan Wildes.

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