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- Festival customsOn St Stephen's Day wren boys go from house to house dressed up as old women or gentlemen singing.
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
On St Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze".
When they finish this song they ask for money and when they get it they go away. At the end of the day they divide it and have a feast.
When there is a marriage men often dress up in straw and go to the bride's house.
They sometimes bring hay-forks and blades of scythes and, if they ask for drink and don't receive it, they break the windows and doors.
Carrick-on-ShannonTranscribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.