Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Anthems need changed by sports bodies

I watched the Ireland v England rugby union international in Dublin recently and, as usual, we had the spectacle of the national anthems.

This must be the only occasion where many of the players and supporters of one of the teams would know the words and have more affinity with the opposition national anthem than their own team's national anthem.

It is time for the IRFU to recognise that there are two nations represented in the Ireland team and for them to start playing Danny Boy to represent Northern Ireland, as well as A Soldier's Song to represent the Republic of Ireland.

It is also time for the English Rugby Football Union and English Football Association to recognise that England is not the United Kingdom and for them to stop playing God Save The Queen and instead play a national anthem to represent England.

I would think that Land Of Hope And Glory (which is played at the Commonwealth Games), or Jerusalem, would both be worthy anthems.

OBSERVER

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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