School: Dennmore

Location:
Dennmore or Legganden, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
Harriet Heaslip

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Wren Boys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0977, Page 135

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On St. Stephen's Day bands of boys and girls go from house to house asking for money. They wear false faces and have a box on the end of a stick in which they stick feathers to make people think they have a wren. The say a rhythm which begins " The wren, the wren the king of all birds, St Stepthen's Day he was caught on the furze.... and make music. When night falls they go (the ) to a public house and spend the money.

Collector
Kester Heaslip
Gender
male
Address
Killynanum, Co. Cavan
Language
English