School: Muclach

Mucklagh, Co. Offaly
S. Ó Néill
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0805, Page 083

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  1. On St Stephen's Day two or three boys and girls gather to-gether in my district and go from house to house hunting the wren. They go gathering money. They sing the wren song, and here it is:
    "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
    St Stephens day She was caught in the furze
    Though she is little and her family great,
    Rise up land-lady and give us a treat
    I followed the wren this live long day
    Through dirty mud and yellow clay
    As I was going to Bally na knock I met a
    Wren upon a rock
    So I up with my stick I gave her a knock
    And knocked her into the brandy shop
    Up with the kettle and down with the
    Pan give us an answer and let us go on".
    They dress up. The boys put on girls clothes. The girls put on a trousers and a coat turned in side out. Both boys and girls wear vizards. They bring a holly bush in their hands. They dress up the bush with papers of different colours. They bring
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