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Poll: Should we change the lyrics to the national anthem?

Should we make Amhrán na bhFiann a little less “war-like” do you think?

Irish fans singing during before a Six Nations match in Rome.
Irish fans singing during before a Six Nations match in Rome.
Image: Shutterstock/Paolo Bona

THE WHOLE FURORE in the UK over Jeremy Corbyn and his decision not to sing ‘God Save the Queen’ got us thinking about our own national anthem: is it still fit-for-purpose in modern Ireland, with its military-themed lyrics about, for instance, roaring cannons?

You may recall Sinead O’Connor penned a new version last December – keeping the tune, but with less “war-like” lyrics. She had written to the Taoiseach to see if there were any plans to change the words to Amhrán na bhFiann, she said.

There weren’t.

So what do you think? Is it time for a new tune?

Poll Results:

No way. (9716)
Yes. (1806)
Let's talk about it. (1659)
No interest/opinion. (469)

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Daragh Brophy

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