Bodhrán, frame drum, made from a circular frame of seasoned Irish elm and with a single head made from goatskin. The coloured decoration on the drum head , drawn in felt tip pen, is inspired by the Book of Kells.

The bodhrán, as beaten with a stick or tipper, became popular in Irish folk music after the 1950s. It is now a rhythm instrument of ceilidh bands worldwide. The drum was originally hand beaten, and there is evidence to suggest that it may have evolved from a tray with a skin base, a household and agricultural utensil also used to accompany dancing. One of its oldest associations is with the musical ensemble heralding the return of wren hunters on St Stephen's day (26 December).

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