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Standing tall for rugby anthem

Published 13/10/2011

I REFER to the letter from Randal McDonnell (Write Back, October 7) in which he questions which anthem should be played before Irish rugby internationals.

I am sure Mr McDonnell is well-aware that A Soldier's Song is the national anthem of the 26 counties of the Republic, while the Ireland rugby team is the team of the whole island, which includes the six counties of Northern Ireland.

Therefore, the playing of A Soldier's Song was not representative of around 25% of the team and 25% of the supporters. This was why they began singing Ireland's Call, as well as A Soldier's Song.

However, surely the best thing to do would be to play both A Soldier's Song and Danny Boy - the national anthem of Northern Ireland.


Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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