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  1. Féilí na Bliana

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    Richard Allen
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    Allen
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    Gairm bheatha
    labourer

    On Saint Stephen's Day boys go from house to house singing a song called the "Wren". Those boys are commonly called "wren boys". A fortnight or three weeks before St Stephen's Day the boys are preparing. They dress so that no person would know them. This is the way they dress themselves. They put on an old trousers with a shabby old coat and a hat. They go in groups containing three or four boys. One of the wren-boys always carries a holly bush called a "wren-bush" This bush is decorated with coloured ribbons and from one branch the wren is tied. The wren is killed about a week before that day. It is put in ashes to keep it from rotting.

  2. Féilí na Bliana

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    Lelia Falvey
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    John Falvey

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    Féilí na Bliana
    on St.Stephen's Day it is an old custom in southern Ireland to hunt the wren.The young boys catch the wren ,kill him and tie him to a branch of holly .They dress in gay clothes ,put eye-fiddles on their faces and play on flutes.One of the party carries the branch to which is attached the wren and gay coloured ribbons.When they are approaching the houses they sing "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, St.Stephens Day he was caught in the furze .Up with the pot and down with the pan.Give us your answer and let us be gone.We chased him from bush to bush .We broke his knee behind Kilrush.We carried him home in an ivy tree .We dipped his head in a barrel of beer .And we wish you all a happy New Year" When they cannot enter the house they dance and play .The people give them money and then they take their departure.The young boys generally buy

  3. Féilí na Bliana

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    Ita Ní Conmara

    wren. The wren the wren the king of all birds. Saint Stephens day got caught in the furze. Saint Stephens day comes on the twenty-sixth of December. Saint Stephens day come after Christmas Day.

  4. The customs pertaining to St Stephen's feast day are, the young folk unite in companies on Christmas day, and they make arrangements as to the following day.
    Long ago the boys used to go out in the night with sticks and stones and a lamp, and they searched every bush and hedge for the wren, until they succeeded in catching him. The following day they dressed in old clothes, they wore an old hat with ribbons flying from it, and a mask so that they would not be known. The first one carried a bush of holly and they had the wren tied to it and they sang the wren verse.

    The wren the wren, the king of the birds,
    St Stephen's day, he was caught on the furze
    Although he is small, his family is great,
    Get up old woman and give us a treat,
    The wren is dry and so am I,
    Give me a few pence, and we will let her fly.
    Now they are not allowed to carry the living wren, because it is cruelty to birds.
    Now the young boys go around from house to house in disguise with a holly

  5. Rudaí go mBíonn Meas Orthu

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    Richard Allen
    Faisnéiseoir
    Simon Allen

    Night there is a big candle lighting on the kitchen window. It is to be lit by the eldest son of the family
    When the soldiers were following St Stephen he hid in a cave. In a cave there was a wren's nest and the wren flew out. The wren was very angry and the soldiers knew it. They went after the wren to see what was wrong with her. She went into the cave and the soldiers followed. they killed the Saint and ever after the wren was killed by the people on that day.
    During the Easter Season nearly all the people go to the chapel for "Easter Water". The people use Ester Water for many things. If a little bottle of water be kept for seven years there will be no sickness. If you put a clutch of eggs under a hen in the season of Easter and shake Easter Water on them, it is certain that all the chickens will come out. On St Martin's Day it is the custom to kill a goose and to sprinkle its blood on the door posts. They sprinkle some of the blood on a piece of wadding. They put up that piece of wadding It would heal a wound by rubbing it to it

  6. Christmas

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    Michael Whelan
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    James Whelan
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    All the people sit by the fire on Christmas night telling stories. One is that a man had some cows and one night someone was milking the cows and when he went milking the cows they had no milk. And the next night he sent out his two sons to watch the cows and they saw nothing. Then the man went out himself with the gun and watched the cows and he saw a hare milking the cows and he shot and wounded the hare. Then he tracked the blood of the hare until he came to a little house and there he found the hare above on a bed. The hare asked the man to leave him alone and the man had never a days luck after that. On St. Stephen's Day the boys go out hunting the wren. On them they have old torn clothes and an eye-fidil and they carry a bush and a wren on it. When they come to a house they sing the "wren the wren" and they dance.
    On Christmas night the candle is lighted. My brother John the younger lit it. When he was lighting it everyone was in the kitchen and we

  7. Nollaig

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    John O' Shea
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    Mrs J. Cunningham
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    treacle, pepper, salt, soda, mustard, salts, ginger, sulphur, and sugar that would nearly kill them when they would eat it. The people go on a wren on St Stephen's day but it is very few wrens now that bring the dead wren on the bush. About a month or so before Xmas each company would go out and kill a wren. When they would bring him into the house they would put him into a starch box and put him up in the corner the way he would not rot. Long ago the old women would buy a pound of tea for the Xmas between then and drink it in the men's absence. People white-wash the houses before Xmas. We put straw under all animals in the farmyard on account of Our Lord being born among cattle and he had a bed of straw. It is a custom nowadays for children to hang up their stockings Xmas night for Santa Claus to fill them.

  8. Feasts of the Year - Christmas

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    Eileen Keane

    If that candle happens to quench some one of the family will die. Then the women go on their knees and ask three requests for before Xmas and they say a prayer called The Hail and Blest fifteen times a day. On Xmas night a block called the Xmas block is left burning and the door is unbolted. At twelve o'clock every animal on the earth is supposed to bend its knee. On St Stephen's day, although it is not a holiday of obligation, the people do not work. When the children get up and have eaten their breakfast they dress themselves in old clothes and go from house to house gathering money for the wren. When they return at night they count the money and share it equally between them. These boys are called wren boys because they kill a wren and hang it on a holly tree when tbhey are going around. On St Stephen's day the people eat no meat and they gain an indulgence. Some years St Stephen's day falls on a Sunday

  9. Festival Customs

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    themselves .
    The Song of the Wren.
    1.
    The wren, the wren,the king of all birds ,
    Saint Stephens day he was caught in the furze.
    Although his family was great,
    get up ladies and give us a treat .
    2.
    We chased the wren from rock to rock,
    And ran him into a public shop,
    Although he being little

    We dipped his nose in a bottle of beer,
    So we wish you all a happy New Year.
    3.
    The wren, the wren,the king of all birds ,
    Saint Stephens Day he was caught in the furze.
    Although he being little his family was great,
    Up with the landlady and give us a treat,
    If you fill it with the small,it wont agree with the boys atal.
    But if you fill it with the best ,I hope in Heaven your soul will rest,
    This little wren was so known and

  10. St Stephen's Day

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    Early that morning the young boys and the young men are astir because they have many a long mile before them. Start is necessary
    They have or pretended to have hunted the wren on the day before and have killed him. He is then placed on a decorated berry holly bush and the boys gather together and go from house to house singing the verse about the wren/
    “The wren the Wren the king of all birds
    St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze
    Lay down the land lady and give us a treat up with the kettle and down with

  11. Féilí na Bliana

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    Placing of the rushes at the door step (threshold or pr. thrashold) reminds me of a common saying among the people here if it was a long time since you paid them a visit to say on your arrival "It is a cure for sore eyes to see you" Or if I knew you were coming I'd have green rushes under your feet.

    St. Stephen's Day
    This day is sometimes of more importance to the youngsters especially, who go out with the wren. They have hunted the wren Christmas Day and tied him on top of holly buss which is decorated with ribbons or coloured papers. They were masks so as not to be recognized and go from house to house collecting money when they come to the door they say the following verse:
    "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze. Lay down, Lady Lady and give us a trait. Although he is small his family is great. Up with the kettle and down with the pan, give us our answer and let us be gone."
    Older boys go out too in a big number disguised with (eye fiddles) masks. These have either a melodeon or concertina or violin or mouth organ.

  12. Festival Customs

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    Nancy Reynolds

    The principal Festival days of the Irish race are Xmas Day, St. Patrick's Day, St. Stephens Day, St. Brigid's Day, and St. Peter and Paul's Day. These are holidays of obligation and most of the people are not working in those days. There are various customs which are carried out on those days and are very popular among the country folk of Ireland.
    On St. Stephen's Day the country boys dress up in weird costumes and go about the countryside playing music dancing, and gathering money. This Holiday is more generally known as "The Wren Day" for on that day the boys display a thorn bush with a wren attached. There is a song sung on St. Stephens Day and the following are some of the words.

    "The wren the wren the King of all birds,
    On St. Stephen's day he was caugh in the furze,
    And although he's little his family is great,
    Rise up old lady and give us a treat,
    Now old lady shake your feathers,
    Do not think that we are beggars,
    We are the wren boys came today,

  13. Festival Customs

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    John O' Dwyer
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    music is supplied by one of the "wren boys. This music may be on a fiddle, mouth organ, concertina or melodian.
    The usual amount of money given in each house is sixpence but if the wren boys are known and respectable looking they get a shilling or two.
    The money that is collected provides a good soiree and dance for the crowd that might in some neighbours house. There is plenty of drink and a good supper provided and everyone comes home in the small hours of the morning well pleased with the night given by the "wren boys". Nowadays these boys come all the way from Quilty on lorries and bring their own Céidhle band with them and create a stir in the village as all the children follow them about from

  14. Christmas

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    Michael Hurley
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    James Hurley
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    When Christmas is coming the people clean and white-wash their houses. The boys go for holly and laurel. My mother puts it on the house. She puts it on the top of the pictures and on the dresser. On Christmas Eve night my father lights the Christmas candle. All the family is present. When he has lit it we say a few prayers and he wishes us all a happy Christmas.
    On Christmas Day all the family stay at home. People do not usually go out on that night too. On St. Stephen;s Day it is a custom with the boys to go out hunting the wren and they collect a lot of money. They sing the old song "The Wren, the wren" the king of all birds, St. Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze. Although he is little his family is great, yet up the old lady and

  15. Composition - Feast Days

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    Fionnbárr Cleary
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    Patrick Walton

    On St Stephen's Day the people used go in the wren. It was not only the children that went but the big people. On the evening before they went searching for the wren and if they caught one they would put it in a holly bush and it about with them in the wren when decorated with ribbons. Then they used dress in strange clothes and sometimes used go in disguise through the country each of them with a musical instrument. The people used usually give them money. Sometimes they [struck out in red: "used"] travel[added in red "led"] far away in cars. This custom is still practiced in this part of the country
    St Bridgets Day the custom on this day was to dress a little doll with ribbons and little girls used go around with it to the houses collecting pennies. and they used say that they were for St Bridget. Also on the eve of that day they used make little timber crosses and put up in the house
    St Patrick's Day Early [struck out in red: "in"] that morning they used go out in the fields to pick the shamrock and would wear it throughout the day. Long ago when clay pipes were used the children used go around with on that day

  16. Féilí na mBliana

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    Angela Keane

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    and find them loaded with toys on Christmas morning .
    St Stephen's day- Is celebrated on the 26th December,on that day the young boys go hunting the wren and are known as Mummers,they disguise themselves with fancy dresses ,veils and blackened faces,they go from house to house carrying a bush with a wren tied to it ,they collect money which is afterwards spent in various ways ,they sing the following rhyme in every house and they keep dancing while they are singing .
    The wren ,the wren,
    The king of all birds,
    On St Stephen's day,
    He was caught in the firs,
    Although he is little
    His family is great
    I pray you good lady
    Give us a treat.

  17. Féilte na Bliana

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    Eithne Smith

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    Féilí na Bliadhna .
    There are many customs carried here on certain days.Some of these are: On St. Stephen's Day boys go around dressed up and sing songs ,and dance .They carry a wren on big branches of holly decorated with coloured papers: they gather money and sing the following verse :
    "The wren ,the wren, the king of all birds ,
    On St.Stephen's Day was caught in the furze ,
    ALlthough he was small his family was great .
    Rise up landlady and give us a treat,
    Up with the kettle and down with the pan ,
    Give a penny or two to bury the wren".
    On St. Stephen's Night also,they kill a chicken and sprinkle the blood on cotton woll ,they sprinkle it also on sick people and it cures them .On Shrove Tuesday every household makes pancakes and they a great feast at night.

  18. Feast Days

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    the youngest child of the family should light them. There is a Yule log also put on the fire and no one goes to bed till after midnight, and the door is left unlocked.
    The next day is St Stephen's day and on that day it is the custom for the small boys of the neighbourhood to dress in old clothes belonging their sisters and mothers and to put old eye - fiddles on their faces and go around "hunting the wren," They also carry a holly - bush in which they have a wren.
    They go from house to house and sing the following verse.
    "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
    On St Stephen's day he was caught in furze.
    Although she is little her family is great
    So up good lady and give us a thrate".
    The woman of the house gives them money or a slice of bread, and then they go to the next house. It is generally late when they return home, and they usually hold a dance or give a party with the money they have got.
    Easter is also a great feast. It begins with ash - Wednesday. On that day people go to the church and the priest puts "Holy Ashes"

  19. Christmas

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    Brian Mac Mahon
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    Mrs N. Mac Mahon
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    Christmas

    Everybody decorates the houses for Christmas and large candles are lighted in every window. They put laurel and holly up around the pictures windows and dresser. They put a candle in a half turnip and leave it on the window. The oldest person is supposed to light it. On Christmas Eve there is a large block of wood put on the fireplace and is left burning all night and if there are any pieces left they are put up until the next year and burned with another one.
    On Saint Stephen's Day the most of the young people go out in the wren. They go from house to house singing a song or playing music. The song is "The Wren the wren the King of all birds Saint Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze up with the kettle and down with the pan give us our answers and let us begone". Whatever they make they divide it between themselves. Then they might have a dance. On the Christmas nights we play many kinds of cards and games.
    On New Year's morning some people are very superstitious. They would not let any girl rise off her bed on that morning until a dark haired man came in and wished them a happy New Year.