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Watch: IRA songs man to perform at Belfast's Celtic fanzone

A singer who has in the past sung about IRA killings is to appear at the Celtic fanzone in west Belfast.

Damien Quinn will perform a warm up act ahead of the Champions League qualifier between Celtic and Linfield at the event at the Devenish Complex.

Mr Quinn has in the past sung about IRA attacks on an RUC station, the Narrow Water massacre and about Lord Mountbatten having a boat in Sligo.

"And on that boat there was a bomb and Mountbatten didn't last for long," the song goes.

He has also sung about British soldiers "going home".

The Devinish has said that "under no circumstances" would controversial songs feature, just traditional Irish music and Celtic songs.

It said the event would be family focused aimed at creating a safe environment for supporters to watch the game.

Celtic face Linfield at the Windsor Park at 5pm. The Glasgow club refused its ticket allocation over security concerns. The PSNI said it was the club's decision. Brendan Rodgers said the club did not get the assurances they needed for fan safety.

Belfast City Council has provided funding for the event. It has said the funding will not go toward any of the entertainment at the event.

"Funding has been agreed subject to conditions around the commercial element of the venue," the council said.

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