I thought Dec. 26 was Boxing Day. (wonder if they had boxing matches). Also, isn't Ireland's HP called McGillicuddy's Reeks? I haven't been to Ireland; but think it can be approached from Killarney.
While one could argue that the Irish would use any excuse to start a brawl (er, boxing match), Boxing Day developed as a way for the upper classes in England to distribute presents (in boxes, thus the name) to their servants and to the merchants (fish monger, baker, butcher, etc.) who had served them during the year. I understand that it was originally not the day after Christmas, but the first BUSINESS DAY after Christmas, when the shops would be open. Thus, this year, it would have properly been celebrated on Monday, December 27th, not Sunday, the 26th. Over time it has evolved into the day after Christmas, regardless. I believe the day after Christmas was also the day that gifts were distributed to the servants (downstairs) in rich houses, which was also a day off for them, since they had to work (serve) the upstairs folk on Christmas Day. I do not know to what extent the original purpose of Boxing Day is still maintained in England and (presumably) the Commonwealth. Just another bit of trivia, folks! JES