Today is ‘the Day of the Wren’, a tradition still alive and well in some areas of the north west

Today, St Stephen’s Day, is also known as the Day of the Wren.

It’s a bit like Halloween’s ‘Trick or Treat’ but a much older, even ancient, Irish tradition.

It involves people going from house to house, maybe pub to pub,  singing, playing music and reciting poems or rhymes.

And although it’s a dying tradition, it still continues in some areas.

One man preparing to go ‘Out on the Wren’ this evening is north Sligo historian and author Joe McGowan, from Mullaghmore.

He hopes the tradition, like others, will be handed down to the younger generation.