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Oui Norn Iron: Celebs on song with fans for Euro 2016 ditty

By Chris McCullough

It all started out as a bit of craic, but for a group of Northern Ireland football fans, recording a CD has now become a reality.

The passionate group of supporters - calling themselves Oui Norn Iron - have just launched a single, We're On Our Way To France.

The impetus for the song came last November when Northern Ireland made it through to the Euros Championships to be held in France this June.

It was written by Vincent Soye, who also co-wrote the Northern Ireland World Cup song back in 1986.

Vincent said: "I'm more of a country music fan than a football fan, but when Northern Ireland made it through to the finals I immediately set about writing a song for the fans.

"The response so far has been overwhelming.

"And it's great that the proceeds from the CD will go to the TinyLife charity."

Around 14 fans were joined by a few local celebrities yesterday at Belfast Metropolitan College's Springvale campus to record the song.

Joining in the vocals were none other than May McFettridge, Liam Beckett, Pete Snodden and Jim Boyce.

Following quite a few quips from the mischievous double act of McFettridge and Beckett, the fans, including some students from the Met who hosted the recording, got down to work and put the track down.

Three or four takes later the song was done, and the CD is now available for the highly reasonable sum of £3.

Its first verse goes: "Northern Ireland are the greatest, what a football team. We'll sing it out loud for the boys in green. We'll cheer them on wherever they play We're the Green and White Army, we're on our way."

Thanks to some generous financial backing for the production of the CDs, any money raised from the sales will go to TinyLife, which helps families with premature babies.

Cool FM DJ Snodden said: "We are all here for the right reasons, and that is to cheer on Northern Ireland in the Euros.

"It's less than 100 days to the big football competition, so bring it on."

McFettridge, who was in 'her' usual fine form, added: "We may not be Boyzone, Westlife or indeed The Priests, but we are all singing from the heart."

Media students Amy Caldwell and Emily Taggart also joined in the fun.

Both said they were impressed with the singing, but Emily hinted she was more of a rugby fan than a football fan.

  • The CD can be purchased from TinyLife on 028 9081 5050.

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