School: Droichead a' Chláirín (Buachaillí)

Clarinbridge, Co. Galway
Seán Sabhaois
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0033, Page 0207

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  1. St. Stephens Day is the day folloing Christmas Day. No one works on that day because they make it a holiday. It is a custom in this country to go around with the wren and the young boys of the parish, catch a wren the night before and put him in a cage for that occasion. Some boys kill the wren and others keep him alive. They go around from house to house repeating the words. The wren the wren the kind of all birds.
    St. Stephens Day was caught in the furzies.
    Up with the kettle.
    And down with the pan.
    Give us a penny or two pence to bury the wren
    When they have visited every house in the parish they sit down beside the road and divide the
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    Tomás Ó Ceallaigh
    Clarinbridge, Co. Galway