Monday 11 December 2017

Call off the carping about 'Ireland's Call'

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last March I thought T Ryle Dwyer had put an end to carping about Ireland's Call by asking: "Since so few people know the words of Amhran na bhFiann, and fewer still know what they mean, why is playing Ireland's Call at rugby matches such a big deal?"

Actually it's only a big deal to naff nationalists. They come in two categories. First, Hick Hibernians who want to bully Northern Ireland rugby players of the Unionist persuasion into singing the Republic's anthem.

Second, and more nauseating, are the Haute Hibernians. These spineless fence-sitters pay lip service to the pluralist political reasons behind Ireland's Call but cravenly suck up to media Hicks by criticising Ireland's Call on pseudo-musical grounds.

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