School: Cillín Dubh (roll number 9691)

Location:
Killeenduff, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Seán Ó Ceallaigh

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The Wren-Boys

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The "Wren" Boys
The "Wren" boys are boys who dress in funny clothes and go around from house to house on Saint Stephen's day. They carry a wren with them. When they enter each house they say the following rhyme -
"The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On Saint Stephen's day she was caught in the furze
Up with the kettle and down with then pan
Give me a penny to bury the wren".
They carry a musical instrument with them. When they go into a house one plays the music and the others dance. They get a few pence in every house. In the evening they divide the money between them and they buy sweets for it.
Collected and written by Annie M. Kilcullen, Killeenduff, Easkey.
Told by her mother - Mrs J Kilcullen, Killeenduff, Easkey

Collector
Annie M. Kilcullen
Gender
female
Address
Killeenduff, Co. Sligo
Informant
Mrs J. Kilcullen
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Killeenduff, Co. Sligo
Language
English