Monday 9 December 2019

FAI chief John Delaney's biggest moments on YouTube

John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI has apologised for singing Joe McDonnell in a Dublin bar
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI has apologised for singing Joe McDonnell in a Dublin bar

Declan Whooley

John Delaney has apologised for singing the republican song Joe McDonnell, the latest in a line of YouTube videos of the FAI chief executive.

Delaney apologised for any offence caused by his rendition of the Wolfe Tones song which is from the perspective of an IRA member who died on hunger strike in 1981. It was recorded in a Dublin bar and uploaded online.

The chief executive said in subsequent interviews that the video was added in a "sly" way, adding that it was not meant for anybody outside the singing group in the Bath pub in Dublin 4. Last night the Association backed Delaney saying they accepted the apology and praised his work in charge.

It is the latest in a long line of videos involving Delaney. Below are 10 most-watched videos of the Tipperary native on YouTube, all coming in the last four years.

2010 – Cheered by Irish fans for handing out free cans at train station before Ireland v Slovakia



2011 – Throws tie to fans in Skopje much to amusement of crowd



2011 – Free bar for fans in Talinn

2011 – Sing-song with Ray Houghton in Moscow night before Euro 2012 qualifier

2011 – Celebration v Estonia



2012 – Speech to Irish fans in Sopot

2012 – Celebrating with fans in Poznan

2012 – Singing 'Fields of Athenry' in Sopot



2012 - Carried by Irish fans in Sopot

2014 – Singing Joe McDonnell in Dublin bar

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