Irish Waites

Also see the main article on the Dublin Waits.

Castlebar ‘Christmas Waits’

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.
The English army used be stationed in Castlebar so I expect the tradition was brought from England by them or perhaps by the local Lord’s, the Binghams whose most famous (or infamous) son was Lord Lucan.
Anyway just though I’d drop a note to make you aware of this “incarnation” of the Waits.

For more information, please see

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:

More Irish Waites

This website,, refers to waits in the following Irish towns:

  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Kilkenny
  • Castlebar
  • Cavan
  • Ballinrobe
  • Ballyhaunis
  • Carrick on Shannon
  • Swinford

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.