08 March 2006

TD calls for a 'change of tune' over anthem

Irish Independent

Kathy Donaghy

'THE Soldier's Song' will be confined to barracks unless we change our tune, according to a worried politician.

Dublin Fianna Fail TD Martin Brady wants to give those who mime or mumble the national anthem their marching orders.

Children should be taught to sing it in second level schools so they do not end up tongue-tied at sporting and other events, he said.

It seems our MTV-obsessed playstation generation are blissfully unaware of the burden of history they shoulder and Mr Brady is not pleased.

"In their darkest hour in the GPO the men and women of 1916 sang Amhran na bhFiann to raise their spirits," the TD said. "It was their rallying call and was repeated in internment camps when republicans were taken from their homes and the ones they loved."

He has called on Education Minister Mary Hanafin to consider making the teaching of the anthem part of the school curriculum.

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