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.
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.
This website, towns.mayo-ireland.ie, refers to waits in the following Irish towns:
- Carrick on Shannon
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.