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The Mary Wallopers: ‘The damage the Catholic Church has done in Ireland is much larger than the harm the British Empire did’

Dundalk band The Mary Wallopers are the finest Irish folk-punk proposition since the Pogues, while their outspoken political views echo the frustration of young people about modern Ireland

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Dundalk band The Mary Wallopers - Andrew Hendy, Charles Hendy and Sean McKenna. Picture By David Conachy

Dundalk band The Mary Wallopers - Andrew Hendy, Charles Hendy and Sean McKenna. Picture By David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers are breathing new life into old songs. Picture by David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers are breathing new life into old songs. Picture by David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers at All Together Now Festival in Waterford. Photo: Debbie Hickey

The Mary Wallopers at All Together Now Festival in Waterford. Photo: Debbie Hickey

The Mary Wallopers released the album of the year

The Mary Wallopers released the album of the year

The Mary Wallopers are shaking things up on the folk scene. Photo: David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers are shaking things up on the folk scene. Photo: David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers

The Mary Wallopers

The Mary Wallopers with their bus featuring artwork by OMIN

The Mary Wallopers with their bus featuring artwork by OMIN

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Dundalk band The Mary Wallopers - Andrew Hendy, Charles Hendy and Sean McKenna. Picture By David Conachy

The Mary Wallopers have written some new songs – as yet un-released – about their loathing of the Catholic Church. Andrew Hendy of the punk-folk sensations says the songs are about priests. “They’re not about shooting priests, though we despise priests,” his older brother Charles says. “They’re about the Church, and about heaven and hell.”

“The damage the Catholic Church has done in Ireland is much larger than the harm the British Empire did to Ireland,” says Andrew. “So, it is time to get rid of them.”


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