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09th Jan 2020

The Wolfe Tones react to Come Out Ye Black And Tans reaching number one

Darragh Murphy

Wolfe Tones celebrate hitting number one with Come Out, Ye Black And Tans

We don’t think The Wolfe Tones would have expected to be celebrating Come Out Ye Black And Tans reaching number one in January 2020.

Come Out Ye Black And Tans is currently number one in the iTunes Charts in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The reason for the sudden rise in interest in the Irish rebel song is a direct reaction to this week’s controversy surrounding the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

An event was scheduled to take place in Dublin Castle next week to commemorate the place of the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police in Irish history.

The plans to commemorate the RIC and DMP, who fought rebels during the 1919-1921 War of Independence, sparked widespread backlash from several politicians and the public in general, and despite the insistence of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the event should go ahead, it was ultimately deferred by the government.

Benefitting from the deferred event are The Wolfe Tones, whose song Come Out Ye Black And Tans has shot up the charts in response to the controversy.

Responding to the renewed popularity of their version of the song, The Wolfe Tones tweeted: “Fine Gael got their answer.”

The Wolfe Tones have been celebrating their unexpected chart-topping success all morning on social media.