St.Stephen’s Day, “The Wren,The King of all Birds”

 St. Stephen’s day was a day when many participated in hunting the Wrenhousewren_small.jpg with music and singing at every door in the district.  This tradition part of Irish life has now gone.   Green Park was four days of racing and Croom a centre of blood stock and a prominent interest in the racing world.  No doubt many of the local punters will make their way to Greenmount, Patrickswell Limericks new racing centre. 

The Wren Boys’ song : The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze,
Although he is little, his family is great,
I pray you, good landlady, give us a treat.
My box would speak, if it had but a tongue,
And two or three shillings, would do it not wrong,
Sing holly, sing ivy–sing ivy, sing holly,
A drop just to drink, it would drown melancholy.
And if you draw it of the best,
I hope in heaven your soul will rest;
But if you draw it of the small,
It won’t agree with these wren boys at all.


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