He Calls Himself an Irishman?
So, Glynn‘s a posh
D4 Dubliner. Don’t mind him. Most of us Waterford knackers with
a bit of national pride think Ireland’s
Call is an abomination and that Ireland is losing some of
its national identity by not using Amhrán na
bhFiann for rugby.
It has one great side effect, though. Everyone can now actually
understand what they’re singing! You won’t find many irishmen
who are fluent enough in their national language enough to be
able to translate this:
Sinne Fianna Fáil A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn, buion dár slua Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn, Fé mhóid bheith saor. Sean tír ár sinsir feasta Ní fhagfar fé'n tiorán ná fé'n tráil Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil, Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.
Watch closely next time you see an Irish sports team during
their national anthem. Count with your fingers how many of
the players are actually singing rather than humming, swaying
from side to side and generally looking embarrassed. You
won’t need your other hand …