Monday 17 December 2018

Euro 2012: Thai kids make most amazing video of Rocky Road to Poland to support Ireland reporters

A 42-STRONG troupe of Thai schoolchildren have made a wildly enthusiastic YouTube video to support the Irish team in Euro 2012.

The Thai Tims have travelled the world raising funds for the Good Child Foundation in their native Thailand. It supports children with Down Syndrome into inclusive education.

They are best known for singing the songs of Celtic Football Club, whose supporters are their biggest fans, and who also donate to the Good Child Foundation.

They wave Irish scarves as they belt out ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’ and they are all dressed in Celtic shirts in the video which has gone viral.

They visited the Titanic exhibition in Belfast in May where they sang one of their famous hits ‘My heart will go on’.

They are loved for their Celtic anthems and songs like ‘Just can’t get enough’.

The Thai children’s bond with Scotland, the Catholic community and Celtic was strengthened after 19-year-old student and Celtic supporter Reamonn Gormley was killed in a knife attack in Blantyre last year.

Mr Gormley had taught Thai children English, through the Good Child Foundation, during a gap year and a memorial to him has been erected in Thailand. In a video in his honour, the Thai Tims paid their own tribute to him.

The children have also performed a song about Celtic’s Joe Ledley, the Welsh midfielder.

But their rendition of The Rocky Road to Poland is their most remarkable recording yet. And it’s safe to say it is beyond the wildest imaginings of Damien Dempsey and his co-stars when they recorded the track written by the Ray D’Arcy Today FM radio show listeners.

Dempsey was joined by Bressie, Danny O’Reilly of the Coronas, The Dubliners and the Irish team for the official Republic of Ireland song for the championships with all proceeds going to the John Giles Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.

Incorporating Irish eyes, and the stirring chorus ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’ it is sung to the tune of ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’.

The song opens with the lyrics: ‘ It was in the merry month of June from the home we started. Left old Eireann’s isle to Poland we departed. With hope within our hearts we can win the trophy. We are all a part of Trappatoni’s Army.’

It was originally recorded last February when the team were over to plan Estonia. There was no time to visit a recording studio, so the session took place at the team's regular training HQ at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in north Co Dublin

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