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“Ireland, Ireland!” – a new national anthem

The Irish Times approached The Duckworth Lewis Method (AKA Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh from Pugwash) to write a new national anthem. The result is an “alternanthem” called “Ireland, Ireland!” and you can listen to it …

Tue, Mar 16, 2010, 05:29

   

The Irish Times approached The Duckworth Lewis Method (AKA Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh from Pugwash) to write a new national anthem.

The result is an “alternanthem” called “Ireland, Ireland!” and you can listen to it here.

So what do you think? Is this the new “Amhrán na bhFiann”? Is it better than “Ireland’s Call”? Can YOU do better? And anyway, do we even need a national anthem any more?

“Ireland, Ireland!”
by The Duckworth Lewis Method

Ireland, Ireland damp sod of the earth
Lost on the surf of the north Atlantic
Ireland, Ireland, mounatins and mist
Vodka and chips, it’s so romantic

Joyce and Heaney, Beckett and Wilde.
Bill O’Herlihy, Dunphy and Giles
Evansm Hewson, Mullen and Clayton,
Westlife and Jedward, the pride of our nation!

Ireland, Ireland, once we were poor
Then we were wealthy, now we are poor again
Cows and horses, donkeys and sheep,
Munster and Leinster, Connacht and *****

Chinese, Polish, Africans too
Doing the jobs we don’t want to do
An Irish stew, a nation of nations
Working for peanuts in petrol stations

Ireland, Ireland you are the best
Place to thw west of Wales and Scotland
Sometimes it’s heaven, sometimes it’s hell
But I’d rather be Irish than anything else!

(Written by Duckworth & Lewis, copyright 2010)