School: Cnocán Mhichíl Naofa (Clochar)

Location:
Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Siúracha na Trócaire

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0098, Page 362

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and making the people in the house sneeze.
Naming nuts (boys & girls) putting them on the hearth is another game played – melting lead is another game – the lead is supposed to take the shape of the trade of your future husband.
Kitty Clarke (14 years)
I got this story from my father Thomas Clarke.

St. Stephen’s Day.
Saint Stephen’s day falls on the day after Christmas day. The wren boys go from house to house that day. They have with them a fiddle, a melodian and a mouth organ. They are dressed in a funny manner. They have a sugán (a rope of hay) tied around their waist and around their knees. They have old silk clothes and big hats with feathers. Sometimes they have false faces or blackened faces. When they would come to the door, they would dance and play a tune and say:
“The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On St. Stephen’s day he was caught in the furs,
Up with the kettle and down with the pan

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Collector
Nellie Clarke
Gender
female
Age
14
Address
Eskerlevally, Co. Mayo
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Eskerlevally, Co. Mayo
Language
English