25/12/2011 Getting ready for the Wren's Day in Curran's Bar Dingle Co Kerry
In Ireland the day after Christmas Day is called St. Stephen's Day or in Dingle The Wren Day
In Irish, it is called Lá Fhéile Stiofán or Lá an Dreoilín — the latter translates literally as another English name used, the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day. When used in this context, "wren" is often pronounced "ran". This name alludes to several legends, including those found in Ireland, linking episodes in the life of Jesus to the wren. Although now mostly a discontinued tradition, in certain parts of Ireland persons carrying either an effigy of a wren or an actual caged wren (live or dead), travel from house to house playing music, singing and dancing. Depending on which region of the country, they are called Wrenboys or Mummers. A Mummer's Festival is held at this time every year in the village of New Inn, County Galway, and Dingle, County Kerry. St Stephen's Day is also a popular day for visiting family members.