An Irish Christmas Tradition…THE WREN BOY PROCESSION

St. Stephen’s Day, or the Feast of St. Stephen, is a Christian saint’s day to commemorate Saint Stephen, celebrated on 26 December in Ireland.

St. Stephen’s Day (Lá Fhéile Stiofáin), or the Day of the Wren (Lá an Dreoilín), is an occasion to commemorate the life of St Stephen, a Christian martyr. Most people in Ireland today spend the day quietly with close friends or family.

On “Wren’s Day”, in some areas of Ireland like Dingle, groups of musicians, figures dressed in straw suits and followers in fancy dress or disguise can be seen moving about the streets and lanes “hunting the wren”.

During Penal Times there was once a plot in a village against the local soldiers. They were surrounded and were about to be ambushed when a group of wrens pecked on their drums and awakened the soldiers. The plot failed and the wren became known as ‘The Devil’s bird’.

On St. Stephens day a procession takes place where a pole with a holly bush is carried from house to house and families dress up in old clothes and with blackened faces. In olden times an actual wren would be killed and placed on top of the pole.
This custom has to a large degree disappeared but the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephens Day has survived and is very much part of Christmas.

This custom has to a large degree disappeared but the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephens Day has survived and is very much part of Christmas.

St. Stephen’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but, the celebrations have little connection to the Saint.

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Peaceful Cottage in Ireland

Peaceful Cottage is an Irish self-catering cottage in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. Centrally located to all the best attractions Ireland has to offer. It’s an Irish country cottage experience for the whole family. Enjoy the luck of the Irish for as long as you stay.

Our Irish self catering cottage is located in beautiful County Mayo and is situated on the West Coast of Ireland. County Mayo is Ireland’s third largest county. Rich in history, and panoramic scenery Mayo offers a huge range of activities such as fishing, golf, horse riding, hill walking, and a host of other activities such as an authentic pub experience. Traditional Irish music is still a big part of modern day Mayo and can be heard in many of the county’s pubs.

World famous fishing, Ashford Castle & Cong only a 10 minute drive from the cottage. It’s an ideal touring and walking location. Gateway to Ireland’s major attractions. Connemara, championship golf courses, Galway City, Westport House & Zoo, Croagh Patrick, Knock Shrine & Airport, the Burren, Ceide Fields at North Mayo – all within easy driving distance. There are daily boat trips to the Aran Islands from Galway City. The cottage is situated in an area rich in history and archaeological ruins, with many historical and archaeological sites to explore.

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Visit Ireland the Affordable Way….

Peaceful Cottage is an Irish self-catering cottage in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. Centrally located to all the best attractions Ireland has to offer. It’s an Irish country cottage experience for the whole family. Enjoy the luck of the Irish for as long as you stay.

Our Irish self catering cottage is located in beautiful County Mayo and is situated on the West Coast of Ireland. County Mayo is Ireland’s third largest county. Rich in history, and panoramic scenery Mayo offers a huge range of activities such as fishing, golf, horse riding, hill walking, and a host of other activities such as an authentic pub experience. Traditional Irish music is still a big part of modern day Mayo and can be heard in many of the county’s pubs.

World famous fishing, Ashford Castle & Cong only a 10 minute drive from the cottage. It’s an ideal touring and walking location. Gateway to Ireland’s major attractions. Connemara, championship golf courses, Galway City, Westport House & Zoo, Croagh Patrick, Knock Shrine & Airport, the Burren, Ceide Fields at North Mayo – all within easy driving distance. There are daily boat trips to the Aran Islands from Galway City. The cottage is situated in an area rich in history and archaeological ruins, with many historical and archaeological sites to explore.

Peaceful Cottage is a family managed cottage giving it that personal touch. Perfect for families with children and couples young and old, who want to experience authentic Irish living. The cottage is both peaceful and tranquil yet close to all the local attractions. Our Irish self-catering cottage is an the affordable Ireland family vacation.

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Peaceful Cottage an Irish Self Catering Cottage