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03rd Dec 2017

Ireland’s National Anthem Could Be Set For A Major Change

James Fenton

This could be controversial. 

A public consultation on the national anthem has been met with calls to ban the words ‘Fianna Fáil’ from Amhrán Na BhFiann.

The words are Irish for ‘soldiers/warriors of Ireland’ and Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has dismissed the notion of axing them from our national tune.

He told the Irish Mirror:

Over the past number of weeks, there has been a public consultation on the use of, and guidelines surrounding, our national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. 

“While every person is entitled to put forward their opinions on the national anthem, we were surprised to receive a number of submissions which proposed changing the lyrics of Amhrán na bhFiann. 

“Amhrán na bhFiann, irrespective of one’s political loyalties, has been, and remains a source of national unity.

What would you make of a potential change to the national anthem? Let us know in the comments.

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