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From Alan Mee, Castlebar, County Mayo.
I come from a small town in the west of Ireland, Castlebar. At Christmas, "The Waits" still go around playing songs and shouting out the time of night. In Ireland, Castlebar is the only town I know where such a tradition is kept up.
For more information, please see www.castlebar.ie
And from Brian Hoban, Castlebar, County Mayo.
I thought you would be interested to read the link on the custom of the waits in our town: towns.mayo-ireland.ie.
Records of the Dublin Waits, extracted from: B Boydell (1980) Dublin City Musicians in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, to 1660. Dublin Historical Record 34, 42-53.
The following paragraph is an extract from Grattan Flood's paper on the Dublin waits.
On 7 July 1591 regarding the city waits of Dublin, it was unanimously agreed by the city corporation "that every alderman shall pay eighteen pence yearly; every of the number of XLVIII shall pay twelve pence yearly; and every of the four score and sixteen shall pay nine pence yearly; and every house in the city other than the houses of the said persons shall pay four pence yearly; the same to be paid every half year during our good liking of the said musicians.
This website, towns.mayo-ireland.ie, refers to waits in the following Irish towns:
At this time (2 May 2011) we cannot confirm whether all of these towns had established Waites prior to 1835, as the website quoted does not state the sources of its information, or provide references. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who can contact us with historic references to Waites in Ireland.
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