School: Cnoc na Biolaraighe

Watergrasshill, Co. Cork
Dll. Mac Carrthaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0382, Page 082

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  3. XML “Pishogues”
  4. XML “The Wrenboys”

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  1. On May day there was a man going to Cork and he was going in by Glanmire and there was a field of cattle near the road and he put piseógs on the cattle and after that the man had no luck with the cattle. There was a man nearby and he saw him. And also on May Day they bury eggs in other people's fields and they would have that person's luck for the year. If any animal died they would bury it in the neighbours field's and they would have his luck for the year.
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  2. On St Stephen's day, boys go around from house to house and they have a holly bush, and it is decorated with ribbons and sometimes they have a wren on it. They also have a box for collecting money. They sing a song at every door. This is the song which they sing.
    "The wren, the wren, the King of all bird's
    St Stephen's day he was caught in the furze
    We hunted him up and we hunted him down
    And one of our wrenboys knocked him down
    The wren, the wren, that you may see
    Is guarded on a holly tree
    A bunch of ribbons by his side
    (continues on next page)
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    1. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
        1. Feast of St Stephen (~402)
    Eileen Mc Carthy
    Meenane, Co. Cork