School: Gormanstown, Árd Fhíonáin (roll number 5615)

Gormanstown, Co. Tipperary
Peadar de Mhóiréis
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0572, Page 438

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  1. The Wren Boys
    On St. Stephen's Day every year, boys and young men go hunting the wren. They go around from house to house asking for money to bury the wren. They sing songs and play music. The usual song they have is :-
    The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
    St. Stephen's he was caught in the furze
    Although he is little his family is great
    Rise up dear people and give us a treat.
    Then the people of the house give them money and they go away to another house and act the same way.
    They travel miles on that day and they get a lot of money. Then they return home very tired and weary.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
        1. Feast of St Stephen (~402)
    Mr S. Clutterbuck
    Kilgrogy More, Co. Tipperary