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Check out this short video of former taoiseach Jack Lynch singing 'De Banks'

A politician, a GAA star and a singer…

Source: cfa1a/YouTube

HE SERVED AS taoiseach for a total of nine years and is a decorated former Cork hurler and footballer but it turns out Jack Lynch wasn’t a bad singer either.

The above video is a short taster of the Fianna Fáil man singing that famous Cork song ‘The Banks of my Own Lovely Lee’ or ‘De Banks’ as it’s affectionately known in the rebel county.

We’re not sure when it was taken but the YouTube blurb says it was after an election victory.

This could mean it was in 1977 after Fianna Fáil’s famous giveaway election manifesto saw it take an unprecedented 20-seat majority in the Dáil.

Lynch was ousted as Fianna Fáil leader and taoiseach just two years later by Charles Haughey. He died in 1999, aged 82.

Check out this video of Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke ‘baring his soul’ to the Dáil in 1997

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