Wrens Day bursts into life on streets of Dingle

Sr?id Eoin Wren playing at the Wood in Dingle during L? an Dreol?n last Friday. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty
Sr?id Eoin Wren playing at the Wood in Dingle during L? an Dreol?n last Friday. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

The fires of tradition burned brightly in Dingle on Friday as Wrens Day burst into life on the streets of the town.

The crowds began to congregate shortly after midday in their various wren haunts. Down in O'Flaherty's, the Green & Gold were busy putting the finishing touches to their straws under the stewardship of Fergus Ó Flaithbheartaigh as photographers clambered to capture images of the age old tradition.

Among the Green & Gold's ranks this year was legendary GAA broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh who cut a striking figure, decked out in his suit of straw. Accompanying Mícheál was an tAthair Eachairn from Farranfore who was back home in Kerry having served in many dioceses in the UK as well as in Peru alongside Dingle PP Canon Tom Looney.

Remarking on the colour and spectacle that continues to define Wren's Day in Dingle, an tAthair Eachairn noted the similarities with street carnivals in Peru.

As has been the case for the past few years, the Quay Wren were first out of the blocks decked out in forty shades of green and armed with some great music. Indeed the Quay has something of a local luminary among their ranks too as Walking On Cars' Evan Hadnett lent his drumming talents to the cause for the day.

The Green & Gold then took to the streets providing, as always, a visual feast for the eyes and the ears. But hot on their heels was the Goat Street Wren which seemed to be infused with a sense of purpose and plenty of fire in the belly this year. The Goat Street Wren had a card up their sleeve as they brought five time world champion Irish dancer David Geaney with them to Dingle Hospital where he gave a rousing performance for patients and staff.

All the wrens pay a visit to the Dingle Hospital and for Sráid Eoin it was their first port of call.

Showery and wintry weather did nothing to dampen the flames of tradition and all the wrens were fortified with hot whiskeys, Baileys' coffee and lashings of hot blackcurrant at The Last Cottage.

Meanwhile, the 'smurfs which are painted at various junctures around town seemed to have jumped off the walls and into the pubs where they joined in with the general revelry.

The music continued throughout the day and well into the evening marking yet another memorable Wrens Day in Dingle.