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Irish strawboys in ireland

Costumed musical performers called "Mummers" or "Soulers" who would go house to house begging for food donations called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayers on All Souls Day are where the tradition of Trick-or-Treating began. - THE ARMAGH MUMMERS. Ireland

Costumed musical performers called "Mummers" or "Soulers" go house to house begging for food donations called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayers on All Souls Day - where the tradition of Trick-or-Treating began. The Armagh Mummers, Ireland

Fingle Mummers, County Dublin © Gráinne Quinlan

Strawboys photography by Gráinne Quinlan

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In Wren Day celebrations in Ireland, groups of Wren Boys (also called Strawboys or mummers) blacken or obscure their faces and dress in straw outfits or odd clothing. They carry an effigy of the wren or an actual live caged wren with them. Traveling from house to house, they ask for money to bury the wren in exchange for which they sing, dance and play music.

St. Stephen’s Day Party

In Wren Day celebrations in Ireland, groups of Wren Boys (also called Strawboys or mummers) blacken or obscure their faces and dress in straw outfits or odd clothing. They carry an effigy of the wren or an actual live caged wren with them. Traveling from house to house, they ask for money to bury the wren in exchange for which they sing, dance and play music.

St Fechin's Church, where a stone lintel was raised by the power of prayer. There is a sheila na gig, hidden in a corner, a stone font and beautiful old crosses honouring graves.

St Fechin's Church, where a stone lintel was raised by the power of prayer. There is a sheila na gig, hidden in a corner, a stone font and beautiful old crosses honouring graves.

Event - Straw Crafts and Mummers Masks | Craft Northern Ireland

Event - Straw Crafts and Mummers Masks

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