Saturday 21 January 2017

David McWilliams: The Croats are singing about us - we must be doing something right

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Croatian ska band Postolar Tripper, whose song ‘Irska’, meaning Ireland, resonates with young Croats.
Croatian ska band Postolar Tripper, whose song ‘Irska’, meaning Ireland, resonates with young Croats.

Could Ireland possibly be regarded as a land of milk and honey? Nah, I didn't think so either; that is, until I came to Croatia this summer and heard that one of the most popular local pop songs is about escaping the scarcity of Croatia for the abundance of Dublin, via Ryanair. The song resonates here as, over the past three years, 10,000 young Croats have emigrated to Ireland, according to local newspapers.

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The song, which can be viewed on YouTube, is by a Croatian ska outfit called Postolar Tripper, and is simply called 'Irska', which means 'Ireland'.

There is a rich tradition of ska in this region, going back to the post-punk days of the Yugoslav underground movement, when the country was dominated by statues of Marshall Tito.

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