The Wren/An Dreoilín

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wren_Day 26ú Nollaig/26th December Dreoilín, dreoilín, rí na n-éin The Wren, the wren, the King of all birds "Hunting The Wren": A Christmas/Winter tradition of house visiting, performing the Mummers Play or inviting musicians, singers, poets, dancers & clowns to parade from house to house to entertain friends, family, neighbours, etc
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A line of mummers marching out the door...

Scaifte Cleamairí ar Eamhain Mhacha, Ard Mhacha - A crowd of Mummers on Navan Mound, Armagh

La an Dreoilin 2010 - Wren Day (House visiting tradition) 2010

La an Dreoilin 2010 - Wren Day (House visiting tradition) 2010

"Open the door & let us in, we hope your favour we will win" Traditional Mummers lines quoted at house doors on Wren Day. The Armagh Rhymers & Monaghan Mummers at Westenra Hotel, Monaghan - Wren Day 2009

"Open the door & let us in, we hope your favour we will win" Traditional Mummers lines quoted at house doors on Wren Day. The Armagh Rhymers & Monaghan Mummers at Westenra Hotel, Monaghan - Wren Day 2009

"God save our shadowed land, stalked by the night beast of the dead" Montague, 'The Mummer Speaks': Armagh Rhymers & Monaghan Mummers parading through Monaghan on Wren Day 2009

"God save our shadowed land, stalked by the night beast of the dead" Montague, 'The Mummer Speaks': Armagh Rhymers & Monaghan Mummers parading through Monaghan on Wren Day 2009

La an Dreoilin 2011 - Wren Day 2011

La an Dreoilin 2011 - Wren Day 2011

The Christmas Rhymers, Ballynure, 1941: an old woman remembers (John Hewitt) "The Christmas Rhymers came again last year, wee boys with blackened faces at the door, not like those strapping lads that would appear, dressed for the mummers’ parts in times before, to act the old play on the kitchen floor;"

The Christmas Rhymers, Ballynure, 1941: an old woman remembers (John Hewitt) "The Christmas Rhymers came again last year, wee boys with blackened faces at the door, not like those strapping lads that would appear, dressed for the mummers’ parts in times before, to act the old play on the kitchen floor;"

"Gaunt figures of fear & friendliness" Montague, 'Like Dolmens Round My Childhood. Wren Day, Derrytrasna 2008

"Gaunt figures of fear & friendliness" Montague, 'Like Dolmens Round My Childhood.

Dreoilín, dreoilín, rí na n-éin The wren, the wren - King of all birds

Dreoilín, dreoilín, rí na n-éin The wren, the wren - King of all birds

Lucht An Dreoilín - The Wrenboys

Parade of Celtic Nations through the streets of Derry - International Pan-Celtic Festival 2014

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