PEEP-OF-DAY BOYS, an Irish Protestant secret society, formed about 1785. Its object was to protect the Protestant peasantry, and avenge their wrongs on the Roman Catholics. The " Boys " gained their name from the hour of dawn which 1 Mr Fleay goes so far as to see in the preposterous names of Huanebango's kith and kin puns on Harvey's father's trade. " Polymachaeroplacidus " he interprets as " Polly-make-a- ropelass " ! they chose for their raids on the Roman Catholic villages. The Roman Catholics in return formed the society of " The Defenders."
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)