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Friday 29 August 2014

Rangers 'fine tuned' for final thanks to Pat

Padraig Byrne

Published 04/03/2014 | 05:24

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Singer Pat Byrne

Mount Leinster Rangers fans and many others around Carlow have been humming the same tune over the past week as they get ready for the All Ireland Club Hurling Final on St Patrick's Day.

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Former 'The Voice of Ireland' winner and massive Mount Leinster Rangers fan Pat Byrne has penned a new tune that will hopefully prove to be the soundtrack to the club's greatest success as they battle it out with Portumna for a place in the history books.

'Dancing in Kilcoltrim' borrows the tune of the iconic Wexford song 'Dancing at the Crossroads' and Pat and The Mountain Goats have filled in their own lyrics and local references and, impressively enough, even manage to do the entire list of players at the end and make it rhyme!

'I'm a massive fan of the original anyway,' said Pat. 'For me there's no better GAA song that captures the feeling of the home crowd and the underdogs.'

Pat grew up with a number of members of the team and was a Rangers player himself, so he felt compelled to contribute in some way. 'I was up at the semi-final there and I was talking to a few of the lads afterwards and it was like I was overcome with emotion. The whole town had travelled up to Newry, it was great. I felt I had to do something so I decided on writing the song. I managed to write it all in about ten minutes and then a few of us got together and recorded it over two days. It's just a bit of craic really and maybe we'll get a few CDs done up now and sell them on to raise money for the club.'

Perhaps the best line of the song is replacing the iconic 'What's the story Martin Storey?' line with 'What's the feelin' David Phelan?'

'It's just fortunate that there's someone on the team that I could make a pun on their name like that,' laughed Pat.

Pat and the rest of Borris are now looking forward to hitting the road to Croker for St Patrick's Day and what could be a defining moment for Carlow hurling. 'There's parades being cancelled and everything,' he said. 'I think it could end up being June by the time Borris gets around to having one if things go well!'

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