School: Dubh-Áth (B.) (roll number 11067)

Location:
Duagh, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Seán Ó Conchobhair

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Festival Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0410, Page 121

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In my district the customs attached to various feasts are observed as they occur each year.
Some of these are St. Stephen's Day, St Brigid's Day St John's Day and Halloween.
On St Stephen's Day groups of young boys with masks on their faces gather together and go around from house to house collecting money to bury the wren and singing the wren-song, which reads as follows: "The wren! the wren! the king of all birds, On St. Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze. Although he is little his family is great, Get up little lady and give us a treat

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Collector
Éamonn Ó Corradáin
Gender
male
Informant
Éamonn Ó Corradáin
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Language
English