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Saturday 20 September 2014

Carlow Wrenboys maintain a great Christmas time tradition

Published 31/12/2013 | 05:24

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A tradition which dates back to Celtic times was observed at the Sacred Heart Hospital on St Stephen's Day as The Wrenboys visited the residents and staff there.

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A tradition which dates back to Celtic times was observed at the Sacred Heart Hospital on St Stephen's Day as The Wrenboys visited the residents and staff there.

Lá an Dreoilín or Wrenboys' Day is celebrated on St. Stephen's Day, 26 December each year. It consists of a colourful entourage of musicians, dancers and singers in full regalia and was revived in Carlow in 2004. Since then it has been a most welcome addition to the festive period and something everybody involved looks forward to.

As in previous years, the staff and residents were delighted to see the talented group as they danced sets, waltzes and sean-nós as well as performing many popular songs and carols. Many of the residents were so happy to see them that they even joined in with a spot of singing and dancing themselves and a great time was had by all.

The staff weren't left out either and performed some of the all time Christmas favourites including Silent Night and Jingle Bells. The fun and games lasted for over two hours and the group were delighted to keep the Wrenboy tradition alive for yet another year.

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