School: Cappamore (B.) (roll number 7480)

Location:
Cappamore, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
James McCarthy

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The Wren's Day, 26th December 1937

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0520, Page 133

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On the Wren's Day I got up early to go out with the wren. Mick Joe McKenna and myself got ready to go out. I put on a skirt, an old blouse and a hat and I dressed it all over with ribbons. Then I put on an [?] so that the other boys didn't know me.
We started after first mass and travelled away until we came to the first house. Then we started the "Wren Song"
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Give us our answer and let us begone
And if the money is anyway slack
Give us a cut of your barm-brack.

So we travelled all day long, until night fall. When we were finished we had made six and sixpence.

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Collector
James Sweeney
Gender
male
Age
13
Address
Dromsallagh, Co. Limerick
Language
English