School: Nicker (C.), Pallas Green (roll number 14232)

Nicker, Co. Limerick
Miss Annie Kelly
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0518, Page 234

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  1. On St. Stephen's day grown up boys and men gather together and go in procession from house to house with a decorated holly bush sing the Wren-song . Money is collected. This is divided equally among the party. The words of the wren song are;
    "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, St. Stephen's day she was caught in the furze.
    Although she was little,
    Her family was great,
    Rise up young lady and give us a treat,
    We are following the wren all day, all day,
    Through muddy dykes and yellow clay,
    Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
    Give us our answer and let us be gone,
    A bottle of whiskey, a bottle of beer.
    I wish ye all a happy New Year."
    On St. Brigid's Eve a jar of water is put
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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    Margaret Mc Mahon
    Linfield, Co. Limerick