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  1. The Wren Boys

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    Bailitheoir
    John B. Tivnan

    they dance as hard as they can. Then when they have played they say "Help to bury the wren", and if you do not give them some money they will bury a wren outside your door. The have a small box which carries all the money. The boys always carry a wren with them. Then when they have finished they divide the money equally among them. They spend the money on the night following at a dance, or something rejoicing for themselves.

  2. Composition - Wild Birds

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    Michael J. Kearney

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    The wren is the smallest of all birds. She is brown in colour. The wren is called the king of all birds. Once upon a time all the birds of the air thought they would like to have a king, that the bird who could fly the highest would be king. When the eagle was about to start, the wren hopped onto his back. The wren was so light that the eagle did not feel him there. When the eagle had gone up as high as he could go, the wren slipped off the eagle's back and rose a few yards higher. By this time the eagle was too

  3. Festival Customs

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    Muriel Donohoe

    and dancing and some of the people have a wren and they sang. The wren The wren the king of all birds, On St Stephen's day he was caught in the furzes.

  4. Festival Customs

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    Mary J. Fallon
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    Mr Fallon

    St. Stephen's Day
    On St. Stephen's Day it is a custom for the boys of the village to hire a car for that day. They dress as wren boys, and go over a large strip of the country gathering money. They bring musical with them, and play and dance in each house.
    Sometimes a crowd of boys dress and go from house to house for a couple of miles around with a wren on a pole. In each house they say or sing the song of the wren boys:-
    The wren the wren the king of all birds
    St. Stephen's day was caught in the furze
    The wren being little the family being great
    Rise up landlady and give us a treat
    And if the treat is anyway small
    It won't agree with the wren-boys at all

  5. Bird-Lore

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    Mrs Hopkins

    robin migrate in the beginning of Winter, and return again in the beginning of Summer.
    The following is a story which I ha heard of the wren. Once upon a time all the birds of the air, thought they would like to have a king. They agreed that the bird who would fly the highest, should become king, and rule over them all. When the trial began the eagle soon appeared far above the other birds. Then he cried "I am your king," none of you can fly as high as I." Suddenly on looking up he saw the little wren for above him, because when the eagle was about to start, the wren hopped on his back and is carried up, without the eagle knowing it. When the eagle had gone as high as he could, the wren slipped off his back, and rose a few yards higher, since then he is called "king of

  6. St Stephen's Day

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    Up with the kettle and down with the pan give us our answer and let us begone. In the evening they divide the money equaly between them. Then they spend it any way the think best. Thoes boys are called wren boys.
    Long ago when they used to go from house to house they used to carry the wren around with them in a furze with them in a furze and they would bury the wren at any persons door who would not give them money. This was a great shame if the wren was buried at the door

  7. Feast Days

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    day. A lot of boys go around and if they are able they catch a wren and kill it. They dress up in torn clothes and go from house to house they take a mouth organ or some musical instrument with them. They go into each house and one plays while the others dance. Then they ask for money to bury the wren and if they are refused they bury the wren outside the door and this is supposed to bring bad luck to the owner for the year. Whoever carries the dead wren is called the fool of the party. He often carries a pig's bladder filled with air and he hits everyone he meets with it he never hurts anyone but he causes a lot of amusement.
    In late years boys go round

  8. Bird-Lore

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    Maureen Naughton

    There are many wild birds in my district but the most common are, the Cuckoo, the Corncrake, the wild duck, the water hen and the wren. The Cuckoo and the Corncrake come to my district in the month of May and migrate in the month of August. But the wren, the wild duck and the water hen remain with us always.
    The Cuckoo builds no nest. The Corncrake makes her nest in very long grass. The water hen builds its nest in an old drain and the wren makes her nest in a crack or hole in the wall. The Cuckoo lays one egg in another birds nest usually in the Pigeon's nest. When the little bird is hatched the pigeons rear it. The Corncrake who lays about twelve eggs in a shallow nest and sits on them for about three weeks. The water hen lays four eggs and sits on them for a month. The wren who is the king of all birds lays seven eggs and hatches them for three weeks.
    Boys are told if they rob a birds

  9. Festival Customs

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    Patrick Finn
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    Thomas Finn
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    Every district has its own customs for holding feast days. On Saint Stephen's day all the young boys and girls go from house to house with the wren. They dress up in old clothes, and the song they sing at every house is " The wren, the wren the King of all birds St. Stephen's day, he was caught in the furze, up with the kittle, and down with the pan a penny or two pence to bury the wren."
    In the evening they divide the money equally among themselves. On St. Brigid's night all the young people go round the brídeógs. They gather flour, tea, and sugar etc., and they hold the feast a few nights after in a neighbouring house.
    On Ash Wednesday the people eat or drink nothing only potatoes, buttermilk and tea without any sugar in

  10. Festival Customs

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    Julia Gaffey
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    Mrs Gaffey
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    Every year we celebrate a great feast in honour of St. Stephen. It is held on the twentysixth of December. The night before the little boys go too a neighbouring house that is thatched, and search for a wren.
    When the find a wren they bring it home, and put it in a cage. The next morning the get up very early and eat a good breakfast. The rime they sing is "the wren, the wren the King of all birds, St. Stephens day, She was caught in the furze, all though he was little his family was great, rise up landlady and give him a treat. All silver and no brass half a crown is not much, but it is up with the kettle and down with the pan to comfort yourself and your jolly old man."
    St. Brigid feast is held on the first of February and all the young people enjoy themselves on that night, because the dress up in old rags of clothes, and the put masks on their faces, and go round to the houses unknown to everybody. Some of them bring music with them, and stand outside the doors playing it.

  11. Composition - Wild Birds

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    Michael J. Kearney

    tired to follow him and since then she is king.

    On St. Stephen's Day it is a custom to kill the wren and put her in a box and boys go from house to house looking for money to 'bury' the wren. The wren builds her nest in a hedge or under the eave of a house. She makes her nest with moss and it is lined with feathers and wool. She usually lays about twelve or thirteen eggs. The eggs are small and speckled. The wren eats worms, grubs and flies. She hatches the eggs about three weeks. When the young birds come out of the shell, their father and mother are very busy

  12. Festival Customs

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    Paddy Conlisk
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    Jack Milmoe
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    On St. Stephen's day the young people dress up in rags and go about singing and playing. They also sing the Wren Song which is:
    The wren, the wren, the king of birds.

  13. Composition - Wild Birds

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    Michael J. Gately

    robins breast and it was red since that time. There is another legend about the robin. The wren has her nest in the wall. It is made of moss and lined feathers. She lays seven eggs and hatches them for three weeks. The wren cats worms and flies. We catch the wren on St. Stephens Day. The crow has nest in the deal tree. It is made of sticks straw and (hay) feathers. She is very fond of sucking eggs and eating young chick-ens and ducklings. She lays four or five eggs and hatches them for three or four

  14. Bird-Lore

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    Mrs Hopkins

    There are a lot of birds found in in my district, the most common being the robin, wren, swallow, thrush, blackbird, lark, crow, sparrow, and the owl. All these birds except the wren and

  15. Festival Customs

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    Frank Mc Gee
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    Mrs Queena

    St. Stephen's Day.
    The following verses are recited by the Wren Boys in this part of the country on St. Stephen's Day.
    The wren, the wren, the king of all Birds.
    On St. Stephens Day he was caught in the furse
    So up with the kettle and down with the pan
    And give us some money to bury the wren.

  16. Festival Customs

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    Mollie Costello
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    John Galvin

    'the wren, the wren, the kind of all birds, St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze, up with the kettle and down with the pan, a copper or two to bury the wren.' The people go around in 'batches' as they are locally called and they play a bar of music and do some dancing in each house. The amount of money got by each batch is divided equally among them and they spend it St. Stephen's night on drinking and eating. St. Stephen's Day is locally called 'the wren day'.

    On Saint Brigid's night the local young girls go from house to house gathering money in honour of St. Brigid. They dress themselves peculiarly and they carry the image of a little child with them. The image is called a 'brídóg' and the girls who go around are called 'brídeógs'. This night is called 'brídeóg night'. Eggs and tea and sugar are often given to the 'brídeógs'. They have great sport going from house to house.
    On St. Patrick's Day the shamrock is worn by everybody. Green ribbons, green badges and many other green emblems are also worn.
    'Saraft' is the local name given to Shrove in this district. It is a time of great merriment and enjoyment, as it is then everybody

  17. Festival Customs

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    Festival Customs
    In this district boys, and often grown-up men, dressed in quaint attire go round from house to house in groups on St Stephen's Day every year.
    At the door of each house they recite verses about the wren. These boys are called "wren-boys." These are the words which they recite:- "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
    On St Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze,
    Up with the kettle and down with the pan
    At my hall-door they'll bury the wren.
    On May Day 70 or 80 years ago people used to dress up a stick with May flowers and place it in a heap of manure. There used to be great dances on May Day about a century ago.
    On St Patrick's Day people wear

  18. Festival Customs

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    In most districts many feats are observed in a special manner as they occur each year.
    On St. Stephen's Day boys, and is some places men, gather to-gether and go in procession from house to house with decorated bushes singing wren songs. In our district it is mostly young boys who go out and they usually have a musician among them who plays for them while they dance. They dress in gay colours and were false faces, they ask for money to bury the wren. In the evening they divide the money. Sometimes they make a big dance which is called the Wren Boys' Spree. Nowadays they have to get permits from the guards to go out. On St.Brigids Day a cross is made of straw and it is tied to the head of

  19. Bird-Lore

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    Mrs Hopkins

    the birds." None of the birds were pleased with the wren, as their king, so they planned to drown him. There was no water, but all the birds cried their own share into a basin. When the basin was nearly full, the owl upset it and thus the wren was saved. All the birds flew at the owl and were very angry with him.
    Once upon a time the little tom-tit lost all his feathers. All the birds shared their feathers with him except the owl, who, answering said, "I cannot give you any feathers. The snow will soon be here and I want them all for myself." The wren then punished him, and said that he would always be cold, and would never leave his nest, only by night, or if he did, all the birds would peck at him. From that day the owl has never come out by day and has never ceased crying Hoo! Hoo!