Friday 23 February 2018

Video: Listen to the full official Ireland anthem for Euro 2016

Shane Long will want to hear the Irish roar
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The FAI have released the full version of Ireland's Euro 2016 fan anthem and it's enough to stir the blood.

The tune will no doubt echo around the Stade de France on June 13 when Martin O'Neill's side begin their odyssey against the Swedes in Paris, alongside the classics like the Fields of Athenry and 'Come on you boys in Green'.

Songs like 'Give it a lash Jack', 'Put 'em under pressure' and 'Joxer goes to Stuttgart' have a special place in the hearts of Irish fans and it's hoped that this effort will have a similar affect.

Written and produced by Seo Linn and James Darkin, ‘The Irish Roar’ commemorates the greatest memories of the Irish team over the past 26 years and features a special tribute to the late, great and ultimate football man, Bill O’Herlihy.

‘The Irish Roar’ will be performed exclusively for the first time by Seo Linn at this Friday’s Republic of Ireland friendly match against Netherlands in the Aviva Stadium, the team’s last game at the Aviva before the Euros.

The song was played in full for the first time on the Ian Demspey Show today but for anyone who missed that, the full version has now been released online.

FAI CEO John Delaney said today: ‘This is a distinctively Irish song for the Rep. of Irish team as they go to France to make the Nation proud. I would like to thank Seo Linn for composing such an exciting and uplifting song for the Irish Fans and I look forward to hearing The Irish Roar live at the Aviva in front of our great supporters at the Holland game on Friday night.’

Seo Linn have come a long way since their humble beginnings in Coláiste Lurgan where they bonded over their love for both the Irish language and music.

Having racked up over 20 million views on their cover of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ on YouTube, playing for President Higgins on more than one occasion and most recently closing RTÉ’s Centenary Show in the Bord Gáis Theatre, the Euros will be no challenge to them!

‘The Irish Roar’ will be available to download through iTunes and Google Play from 27th May.

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