Pride in the shirt, lads

“I want people to stand up and have a backbone and stand to attention when you hear your anthem, and look at that flag and recognise there were people who went out one day with very little chance of victory, who were prepared to put their lives on the line so this nation could be reawakened to what was possible if we took control of our own affairs,” he said.

Inspiring. He’s right you know. In fact, we should be taking a leaf out of other countries’ books and hanging flags everywhere, all the time. Think how fantastic it would be to drive around Lucan and see every single semi detached house with an Irish flag in the front garden. Nothing would raise the national spirit more than a tricolour on every bumper on the M50. And they should make it mandatory to play the national anthem at the closure of nightclubs. Maybe it is mandatory, but my drinking habits prevent me from noticing. In which case, they should make it illegal for people to get so drunk that they can’t stand for the national anthem. No: they should make it legal for bouncers to shoot people who don’t stand for the national anthem. Everyone should download Amhrán na bhFiann as a ringtone, and Gardaí should perform ‘stop and recite’ searches where they check if people know the words. They should also ban people from singing ‘oo baby let the free birds fly’ when The Fields of Athenry is getting played. Or maybe they should make it compulsory? I am undecided.

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4 Responses to “Pride in the shirt, lads”


  1. 1 John May 12, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I thought they used to play the national anthem at the end of the night in nightclubs back in the day. I reckon it’d be great craic. Drunk off your head at the end of the night with all your buddies roaring the anthem at the top of your lungs to bewildered, and possibly mildly intimated, foreigners.

  2. 2 Hugh Green May 12, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Yep, they did do it. I was there for it. I’m just not sure if they still do it.

  3. 3 Longman Oz May 12, 2008 at 11:59 am

    A Rough Guide to not losing votes to Sinn Fein in the local elections:

    1. Keep Harney in a job, so that the Shinners concentrate their fire on her.

    2. Wrap up nice and warm in the Irish flag.

    3. Still claim the 1916 legacy as your own.

  4. 4 coc May 13, 2008 at 9:13 am

    They still do it. In Mayo anyway,


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