|WRAN BOYS FESTIVAL|
The old Irish tradition of Hunting the Wren (pronounced Wran) is shrouded in the mists of time and is still practised in many parts of the country, particularly in Kerry. In times past the Wran was actually hunted and killed, tied to a holly bush and paraded around the locality in celebration of the Winter Solstice Festival. Nowadays the Wran is represented by a symbolic bird in a holly bush and accompanied by much music-making and merriment. Twenty years ago the tradition was revived in Dublin by a group of aficionados of traditional events and has now become very much part of the Christmas festivities in the City.
Each year a charity is nominated to benefit from a collection made at the merrymaking on that morning. For the past two years the charity selected by the Wran Boys Committee has been Open Door Day Care Centre, a Bray based charity whose catchment area covers North Wicklow and South County Dublin providing facilities and activities for adult members with many forms of disability.
Poetry reading starts the proceedings on the day and musicians from far and wide playing bodhrans, bagpipes, tin whistles and even combs will be performing on the Gig Rig at Sandymount Green. Anyone wishing to take part in the event on St. Stephen's Day (26th December) at 12 noon in Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, should contact any of the following members of the Festival Committee:
Tel/Fax: 01 2858008
Tel: 01 2145911
Tel: 045 868751
Tel: 01 2691001
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