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‘IRELAND’S CALL’ is a song played and sung by the Republic of Ireland Rugby Team before International Games. It was commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union for the 1995 World Cup and has since replaced the official Irish National Anthem: Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier’s Song).

The song was written by Phil Coulter in 1995. He said he composed it because he loved hearing a combination of Irish accents singing together.

It was first broadcast simultaneously on the ‘Kelly’ show in Northern Ireland and ‘The Late Late Show’ in the Republic, sung by Andrew Strong accompanied by the Portadown Male Voice Choir. Here is my favourite version performed by Phil Coulter’s own band: ‘Celtic Thunder’

The Ireland national rugby union team represents the whole island of Ireland in rugby union. They are ranked second in the world by World Rugby as of 19 November 2018. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship, which they have won fourteen times outright and shared nine times in its various formats. They are the current champions having won the title in 2018.

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Their new song: ‘Ireland’s Call’ has certainly been a wonderful motivating stimulant when the players and their thousands of supporters belt it out with heartfelt gusto at the start of the big tests and is now firmly established as their beloved National Anthem.

IRELAND’S CALL

Come the day and come the hour,
Come the power and the glory!
We have come to answer our country’s call,
From the four proud provinces of Ireland
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall!
Shoulder to shoulder,
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!
From the mighty Glens of Antrim,
From the rugged hills of Galway!
From the walls of Limerick, and Dublin Bay,
From the four proud provinces of Ireland!
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall!
Shoulder to shoulder,
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!
Hearts of steel and heads unbowing,
Vowing never to be broken!
We will fight, until we can fight no more,
From the four proud provinces of Ireland!
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall!
Shoulder to shoulder,
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall!
Shoulder to shoulder,
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

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