School: Baile an Daingin (C.) (roll number 4828)

Ballindine, Co. Mayo
Máire de Staic
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 654

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  1. St. Stephen's Day
    On St.Stephens Day the boys dress up in straw and old clothes and disguise themselves by putting on false faces. Then they go from house to house and dance and play music and the people give them money and bread. These boys are called "Wren Boys" as it was a wren betrayed St.Stephen.
    Mrs. McManus, Cloonmore, Ballindine
    Age 53 yrs
    Brigid McManus
    They say it isn't right to let the wren boys from the house on Christmas Day without giving them something. Some years ago the people used always begin ploughing on St. Stephen's Day.
    Mrs. Joyce Ballyglass, Scandawne
    Age 48 yrs
    Pupil's name - May Joyce
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.