The Duckworth Lewis Method (who wrote an album entirely about cricket, the country’s 125th most popular sport) were asked by the Irish Times to write a modern alternative anthem to Amhrán na bhFiann and/ or Ireland’s Call on the occasion of Paddy’s Day.
Listen to the end product here – lyrically as you can see below it’s a triumph
by The Duckworth Lewis Method
Ireland, Ireland damp sod of the earth
Lost on the surf of the north Atlantic
Ireland, Ireland, mounatins and mist
Vodka and chips, it’s so romantic
Joyce and Heaney, Beckett and Wilde.
Bill O’Herlihy, Dunphy and Giles
Evansm Hewson, Mullen and Clayton,
Westlife and Jedward, the pride of our nation!
Ireland, Ireland, once we were poor
Then we were wealthy, now we are poor again
Cows and horses, donkeys and sheep,
Munster and Leinster, Connacht and *****
Chinese, Polish, Africans too
Doing the jobs we don’t want to do
An Irish stew, a nation of nations
Working for peanuts in petrol stations
Ireland, Ireland you are the best
Place to the west of Wales and Scotland
Sometimes it’s heaven, sometimes it’s hell
But I’d rather be Irish than anything else!