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Left pondering my 'Irishness'

Published 07/10/2015

The 1916 centenary rebellion shindig is approaching. And, as it approaches, I realise that I have managed to have become a pensioner and still not learned the national anthem. Does this mean that I might somehow be considered only a half-Irishman?

But then I pondered on it before having second thoughts. This came about once I realised A Soldier's Song is known by the likes of Gerry Adams, Gerry Kelly and Bobby Storey, to name but a few. And they no doubt know it "as Gaeilge" to emphasise their superior Irishness.

I know all the words to Eleanor Rigby and, come next year, will give my best rendition. That will be my contribution to commemorating the 1916 rebellion.

ROBERT SULLIVAN

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