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24th Jan 2018

Someone Has Started An Online Petition To Make ‘Maniac 2000’ Our National Anthem

Darragh Berry

She’s a Maniac, MANIAC on the floor. 

The amount of sweat lost to this song in underage (and overage) discos around the country since the turn of the millennium has been colossal. 

Mark McCabe, we don’t know what inspired you to remix ‘Maniac’ from the film ‘Flashdance’, but from each and every Irish person, thank you

There’s a strong love for ‘Maniac 2000’ in Ireland but one person loves it, and Mark McCabe, so much that they have even started a petition for it to replace ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’.

Yep, that’s right. The head of the ‘Mark McCabe fan club’ has taken to in order to replace Sinne Fianna Fáil with Oggie, Oggie, Oggie – Oi! Oi! Oi!

The petition – which can be found here – explains why they believe now is the time to change our national anthem. 

“Ireland’s national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, is a militaristic anachronism. Is it time to change it?

“Time has proved minister Frank McDermot right about one thing, the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann (A Soldier’s Song) truly is ‘a jaunty little piece of vulgarity, and I think we could have done a lot better.’

“First of all, the blatantly militaristic lyrics haven’t worn well over time. A Soldier’s Song was first used as a marching song by the Irish Volunteers and then later sung by the rebels during the 1916 Rising, but that was because it has much more to say about fighting for freedom than keeping the peace.

“Why not make it an anthem everyone knows and loves.?”

One thing is for sure, hearing “5, 4, 3, 2,1. Take this house to the maximum” would definitely get the GAA players going before an All-Ireland final.

Main image via Discogs

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