or ever sing.
Their usual call is " Honour the Ran" (wren).
Sometimes the people they call on ask them to sing or where is your wren: for according to the old rules of the game, these things are necessary. But they give them money all the same.
Sometime ago it often happened that a small boy or a number of small boys on their way home in the evening were set on by a batch of stronger ones and robbed of their days taking, but that rarely happens now. Public opinion is against it- indeed is against any but small boys (up to 12 or 13 years old) going out in the wren at all.
If two or three boys or more go together they divide the money evenly between them in the evening.
One boy alone get as a rule a penny but a batch usually
- Micheál Ó Gealbháin