One of Ireland's unique and darker traditions, celebrated on December 26th, relates to killing a small bird in revenge for betraying St Stephen.
"Hunting the Wren" is an Irish tradition that is believed to pre-date Christian times. It sounds pretty cruel, where basically the tiny bird is captured, killed and tied to a pole. Local musicians and dancers would then dress in garish disguises and go house to house collecting money, food and drink for a party. Woe betide the house that did not donate to the cause “ the wren " could be buried outside their door which would bring 12 months of bad luck!
King of the Birds or Traitor of Saints??
The wren is considered the "King of the Birds" and is also associated with the o