Wednesday 28 September 2016

WATCH - Irish hockey team get some stick over anthem rendition

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Irish hockey team sing the national anthem without musical accompaniment
Irish hockey team sing the national anthem without musical accompaniment

It was enough to make Peadar Kearney cringe, if not roll over in his grave.

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A last-minute technical glitch meant that the Irish men's hockey team was tasked with singing an impromptu version of Amhrán na bhFiann when the power failed during their match with Germany yesterday.

And the result during the singing of the national anthem at the start of the match prompted one hockey fan to set up his own Twitter tag #Power Failure #Rio2016 #IRL #Worst Singers Ever.

Although the lads stood proudly shoulder to shoulder as they sang The Soldier's Song, it probably wasn't quite the result that its author, 1916 Rising rebel Peadar Kearney, had quite envisioned when he wrote the lyrics back in 1907.

The team's rendition of the anthem sounded disjointed and received a lot of comments online regarding their performance.

It's not known how Germany fared musically in their national anthem.

But when it came to hockey, the reigning champs beat Ireland 3-2.

Irish Independent

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