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PODCAST: The Wren Boys and Mummers of Ireland

Each year on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th, sees the tradition of people in towns and villages in Ireland dress up in costume which includes a straw head covering, and parade through the streets behind a local band.   This is a tradition which has remained unbroken for centuries and is still very strong in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

Muiris Rohan discusses the Wren Boys of Dingle, and playwright and author John B. Keane of Listowel recalls the fun in Listowel at the Wren.

In the village of Tournafulla in West Limerick lived Dan Curtin and his memories of the Wren, and those of Christy Nulty from The Naul in North Dublin as he discusses the Mummers in his area, bring the old traditions of St. Stephen’s Day to life again.

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