SCRIPT frontman Danny O'Donoghue has hit back at folk legend Christy Moore's new song that criticises Arthur's Day.
The Dublin star accused the Kildare singer of using the controversy to boost his record sales and believes the day is providing vital funding for Irish musicians.
The 32-year-old and his bandmates will take to the stage today as one of the headline acts of this year's celebrations, an event that they have been involved with since the beginning.
"If Christy Moore has an idea about how to fund 500 free music events and countless musicians in a festival then let's hear it," Danny told the Herald
"If Christy feels that strongly about it, ban alcohol from all your gigs," argued the James's Street native.
"I can see people jumping on the bandwagon if they have something to promote themselves or if they have an album coming out soon," he added.
In his new song, which points the finger of blame at drink's giant Diageo, Christy describes Arthur's Day as an "alcholiday".
He also criticised advertising for helping to create the hype around the day, which he feels fuels Ireland's drink culture and puts too much pressure on gardaí and ambulance services. In contrast, Danny hailed the event as providing much needed funding for the Irish music scene.
"It's not a big day, it's a music and arts, food and culinary festival," he said.
"It's giving young people a chance to bring their own ideas and get funding for that," added bandmate Glen Power.
The lads are keeping the locations for their highly anticipated gigs firmly under wraps
"We're going to be in two places that we have played before as a very broke and unsuccessful band," said Danny