|THE IRISH NATIONAL ANTHEM
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This replaced the former anthem, "God Save Ireland," when it was sung at the GPO during the 1916 Easter uprising and at the
internment camps. Most of the time, only the chorus is actually sung by those in the stands of a football match. The text of The
Soldier's Song (Amhrán na bhFiann), consisting of three stanzas and a chorus, was written in 1907 by Peadar Kearney, an uncle of
Brendan Behan, who together with Patrick Heeney also composed the music. It was first published in the newspaper, Irish Freedom
in 1912. The song was not widely known until it was sung during the Easter Rising of 1916 and later at various internment camps.
The chorus was formally adopted as the National Anthem in 1926, displacing the earlier Fenian anthem, God Save Ireland. A section
of the National Anthem (consisting of the first four bars followed by the last five) is also the Presidential Salute.
Special thanks to Tom Hickey of Melbourne for the anthem song www.IrishAustralia.com.
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