Lá an Dreoilín / Day of the Wren’

"The wren, the wren, the King of All Birds, St. Stephen's Night got caught in the furze”

Dublin City Council’s South East Area office in association with Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association will celebrate the 33rd Annual Wren Boys’ Day on St. Stephen’s day 26th December in Sandymount from 12 noon to 2pm.


This annual traditional event includes a group of musicians and artists who have been performing for many years in Sandymount. Led by Grand Master for 2016 Pat McEvoy, with Grand Marshal, Michael McAuliffe, Leader of the Clare Brigade, Mick Lacey, Leader of the Dublin Brigade, Cathal Holland and ‘Father of the Wren', Bob Ryan. The Swords Mummers and many more participants will make this a great afternoon event for all the family to enjoy with music and laughter celebrating the old tradition of the Wren Boys.


The day starts at 11am in Gus Ryan’s Pub, the Sandymount House, with culture, poetry and music on display until 12 noon. The Wren boys will then leave the pub and head for the stage on Sandymount Green for two hours of music until 2pm.


All are welcome especially those in Traditional Wren Boys Dress. As in previous years, there will be an open mic for all musicians and artists who would like to take part on the day. Past great musicians on the day have included Ronnie Drew, Paddy Cole, Eleanor Shanley, Johnny Moynihan, Des Geraghty and Martin Whelan.


Photos will be syndicated to picture desks by Jason Clarke Photography.



Notes to the Editor:


This ancient Irish tradition of ‘Hunting the Wren’ consists of ‘hunting’ a fake wren and putting it on top a decorated pole. Then the crowds of mummers, or strawboys, celebrate the wren by dressing up in masks, straw suits, and colourful motley clothing. They form music bands and parade through towns and villages. These crowds are sometimes called wren boys.