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St Stephn's Day is a great feast day in Ireland. The children dress up in old clothes and put on false faces, they go around singing "The wren song." The wren, thee wren, the king of all birds. On Stephns Day she was caught in the furge, we dipped her wing in a ball of Beer, Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a Bright New Year. They do this for twelve nights, they divide the money among themselves. On Shrove Tuesday every Catholic home makes pancakes to keep up the old Irish custom. On Easter Saturday it is generally the custom for children to go from house to house collecting their Cludogs. On May Day it is the custom for children to go from house to house collecting candles for the may bush, we cut a nice may bush and we dig a hole and we put the bush in the hole. Then we decorate it, with flowers and when it is ready we sing the may hymms around the may bush. The Fifteenth of August is the Patron Day of Balscadden. The people come and dress the graves and pay respect to the dead. Hallow Eve is a very old feast day in Ireland. It is a time of joy and sport. We play many games on(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Annie Costello