School: Drumkerl

Drumkerril, Co. Cavan
Ml. Mac Aoidh

Filter stories

/ 242 Forward
Resolution: Low | High
Drumkerl | The Schools’ Collection

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0970, Page 190

Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD. See copyright details »

On this page

(continued from previous page)

But if he chanced to be a old "crank" who, wanted a few pounds taken off the daughters fortune, he would whip home the girl, and end the spree there and then.

On the night of the wedding the local boys betake themselves to the bride's house. These boys dress themselves in straw; straw jackets, straw skirts, and straw hats. There are generally twenty to fifty in each band. They also go to the groom's house. They march there in military formation, to the beating of buckets (used as drums) and to the music of flutes or some other instruments, easily obtained and easily carried. In front marches their "commander" locally called the sergeant. He generally outshines the rest of "his army" in wit, intelligence, "quick fire" talk and humorous rejoinders. On arrival at the house

(continues on next page)