School: Mulhuddart (roll number 16675)

Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin
Tomás Ó Broin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0790, Page 121

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  1. On St Stephens day many of the local boys go from house to house as "Wren Boys". At each house they recite a poem. Here are some of them.
    Mr is a worthy man
    And to his house we brought the "Wran"
    The "Wran" the "Wran" as you may see is
    guarded up on a holly tree
    A bunch of ribbons by his side
    And the "Wran Boys" to be his bride
    Haray me boys Haray.
    O Dreoilín. Ó Dreoilín where is your nest?
    It is in the wood that I love the best
    Under the holly and ivy tree.
    Where the "Wran Boys" came hunting me
    They hunted me up and they hunted me down.
    And in the wood they knocked me down
    Haray me boys haray.
    On Christmas day I turned the spit
    I burned my finger and I feel it "yit"
    Between my finger and my thumb
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. genre
      1. poetry
        1. folk poetry (~9,504)
    2. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
        1. Feast of St Stephen (~402)
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