10 November 2005

Corrs 'on the run' from SF jibe


(Margaret Canning, Irish News)

Dundalk pop band The Corrs should have Run Away from accepting honorary MBEs a Sinn Féin councillor said yesterday (Wednesday).

Although he admitted to appreciating The Corrs' musical efforts, Barry McElduff said: "An MBE (member of the British Empire) should not be something an Irish person should carry proudly.

"The history of the British Empire is disgraceful," he said. "They pillaged, exploited and sacked wherever they went."

Describing MBEs as an anachronism, the Omagh councillor added: "People can dress the MBE up any way they like, but it is still antiquated and a throwback to the Middle Ages. Why any Irish person would accept it I don't know."

In reference to the Limerick-born presenter Terry Wogan's OBE and honorary knighthood, he said:"I think a lot of people are tired of the Terry Wogans of this world."

He also referred to Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's defiant expression of nationalism: "Be advised! My passport's green.

"No glass of ours was ever raised to toast the Queen."

As the Corrs received their award on Monday, violinist Sharon said they were surprised to be given the award by "another country" but that it was nice for them to be recognised for their music and voluntary work.

She said the band had considered in advance the likely reaction to their acceptance of the awards.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said he was pleased to see the band's work acknowledged.

"They have been exceptional ambassadors for this country," he said.

November 10, 2005

This article appeared first in the November 9, 2005 edition of the Irish News.

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