Wednesday 24 January 2018

Language warning: Clare lads getting ready for the big game with 'Whipping Boys No More'

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Many a Banner fan may be waving their county colours and singing a song or two this weekend, but we think we’ve found Clare’s senior hurling team’s most musical fans.

Friends Ruairi Henchy and Declan Clancy have composed a tune that, as they say themselves, would “give Luciano Pavarotti, Christy Moore and Jim Corr put together a run for their money”.

Entitled ‘Whipping Boys No More’, the lads’ song has already been played on national radio and is guaranteed to be an earworm for Clare’s clash against Cork for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final this Sunday.

“Declan's very musical and I'm a writer, we’re good friends from secondary school” Ruairi told the Irish Independent.

“Declan texted me last Sunday week and asked if I'd any interest in writing a song for the Clare hurlers and I wrote back straight away that I'd actually been thinking about saying the same thing to him!”

The lyrics were a joint effort, with Declan writing the tune and Ruairi producing the video.

“In the end we tried to strike a balance between being funny, giving a shout out to the current players and manager, a healthy dose of nostalgia and keeping the lyrics that gave the song the best zip to make it a real anthem,” Ruairi said.

“We tried to include some humour that all GAA and of course ‘Father Ted’ fans could appreciate, showcasing the natural beauty of Clare and reminding people of the fighting spirit of the legendary Clare team of the nineties alongside the skill and ‘never say die’ spirit of this young new team.”

The title is inspired by Clare manager Anthony Daly’s speeches after the 1995 All-Ireland final when he declared that Clare were no longer ‘the whipping boys’ of Munster.

Hency and Clancy set themselves what they thought was an “ambitious” target of 10,000 hits on YouTube.

They have already smashed 23,000 views.

If you think you can beat it, tweet your video to us @independent_ie #IndoVideo

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