[St Stephen's Day, Wren Boys - UCD Digital Library

St Stephen's Day, Wren Boys : Three wren boys in road, Athea, Co. Limerick.]

In collection Folklore Photograph Collection

Origin information
Áth an tSléibhe, Co. Luimnigh (Éire) / Athea, Co. Limerick (Ireland) : Coimisiún Béaloideasa Éireann (CBÉ) / Irish Folklore Commission - Copyright
Date created:
Type of resource
still image
Physical description
1 photograph (image/tiff) — Digital origin: reformatted digital — Reformating quality: preservation
Note
131 I gCuimhne na nDaoine. Negative is soft.
Note
The custom of hunting the wren on St. Stephen's day is known throughout most of Ireland. Groups of people dressed in disguise go from house to house, singing and playing music and asking for money in return. In former times the wren-boys carried a dead wren on a bush and asked for money to "bury the wren". It is probably one of the most well known wren boy images and it has been made into a postcard.
Languages
English  
Genre
Photograph
Subject
Athea (Limerick, Ireland)
Times and Feasts
Celebrations--Ireland
Manners & customs--Ireland
Location
UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics. National Folklore Collection UCD. Folklore Photograph Collection. H055.21.00104
Note
131 I gCuimhne na nDaoine. Negative is soft.
Note
The custom of hunting the wren on St. Stephen's day is known throughout most of Ireland. Groups of people dressed in disguise go from house to house, singing and playing music and asking for money in return. In former times the wren-boys carried a dead wren on a bush and asked for money to "bury the wren". It is probably one of the most well known wren boy images and it has been made into a postcard.

Record source
Prepared by IVRLA project staff, UCD Library, University College Dublin — Record identifier: uri:info:fedora/ivrla:10359

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Copyright of the original resource: © University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin. Copyright and reproduction rights for all items in this collection are held by University College Dublin and administered by the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.