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1st Oct 2022

Age Range
All ages

Leixlip Community Library

Mummer Lecture - Leixlip Library

Mummers workshop / lecture.

Mummers or Cleamairí in Irish are an age-old Irish custom with connections to similar folk traditions in Britain and across Europe / the world. Basically in times past people used to disguise themselves in home-made costumes and get together to dance and play music to celebrate special occasions and festivals.  At Christmas / St. Stephen's Day they were called "Wren Boys", on Saint Brigid's Day the "Biddy Boys" made an appearance. "May Boys" came out for May Day, "Guisers" appeared on Halloween (long before Americans invented "Trick or Treat-ing"!) and finally "Straw Boys" brought merriment to weddings throughout the year. Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, a native of Clare now resident in Cork, has taken part in these festivities for decades and who makes  the traditional costumes used by mummers

Venue: Leixlip Community Library 

Booking can be made here 

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