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Wren Boys keep the tradition going

Published 01/01/2013 | 11:44

The Wren Boys out and about in Carlow at Christmas.

CARLOW'S WREN BOYS kept an age old custom alive on St Stephen's day when they danced and played music for everyone in the Sacred Heart Hospital.

Lá an Dreoilín or Wrenboys' Day is celebrated on St. Stephen's Day and the custom dates back to celtic times. The Carlow Wrenboys or Dreoilín Cheatharlach was revived by Glór Cheatharlach and the Dolmen Set Dancers in 2004 and since then has been a welcome addition to the festive period.

As in previous years the colourful entourage in full regalia paid a visit to Carlow's Sacred Heart Hospital on St. Stephen's Day to entertain the residents and staff.

The group danced several sets and sang many of the familiar carols. They received a céad míle fáilte from the residents many of whom joined in the singing and even did a spot of dancing. Staff too got into the spirit of the occasion and sang some of the all time Christmas favourites including Silent Night and Jingle Bells.

To finish off the St. Stephen's Day festivities, the wrenboys headed for the Céilí Mór in Palatine GAA Club where sets galore were danced to the music of the Brian Ború Céilí Band.

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