December 26

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    A little bit of cheating on today's Pic of the Day! It was taken on St. Stephen's Day (26 December) in Dingle, Co. Kerry. However we're unsure of the year. It was somewhere between 1980 and 1999.

    This is the Wren Boys in full flight. Lá an Dreoilín is still celebrated in many parts of Ireland...

    Date: 26 December [1980-99]

    NLI Ref.: DIG5

    CliffDotMac, Carmen Cordero Olivares., and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. murphman61 39 months ago | reply

      Looks like they're marching down Strand Street (R559) opposite the harbor. In my photo you can see the building on the right with the blue front and red side. Looking at Google maps it may now be an Indian restaurant with a magenta paint job.

    2. bixintx 39 months ago | reply

      The shape of the hats reminds me of the ones used for the "carnaval" de Lantz in Euskadi (basque country). See that photo: flic.kr/p/9uhZM5

    3. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      It does indeed look as if that's the spot! Thank you.

    4. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      A little more colourful than plain straw. Guess all of these festivals have similar origins...

    5. swordscookie 39 months ago | reply

      The wren the wren the king of all birds, St Stephens day was caught on the furze ...................... The wren was pronounced RAN of course. When I was a nipper it was commonplace and people dressed up in all kinds of gear including what would now be termed drag. This is a beauty!

    6. diggin_michael [deleted] 28 months ago | reply

      photograph taken by michael diggin tralee not diggins as in the tags, yes it is dingle on the street beside the harbour

    7. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 28 months ago | reply

      I apologise, Michael. Complete human error, as I know your surname is Diggin! Now amended in tags.

      P.S. You don't happen to know the year you took this, do you?

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