Why do Ireland sing Ireland’s Call as rugby national anthem and will The Soldier’s Song be played vs France?

IRELAND are looking to stay in the hunt for a second Six Nations title as they face France at home.

The Irish picked up a grand slam in 2018 – but were outfought by England at the Aviva Stadium on the opening weekend.

Ireland are looking to repeat their 2018 grand slam success
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However they know that a win this week against France will give them an outside chance of lifting the trophy for a second year running in Cardiff next week.

Drenched in passion, the Six Nations is always an emotional affair – and the anthems are a highlight in an afternoon of high drama.

But the Irish anthem can get a bit confusing at times.

Why do the Ireland rugby team sing Ireland’s Call instead of The Soldier’s Song?

The reason is unity – Ireland’s Call was penned 1995 as an anthem that would bring together every corner of the country and wouldn’t have political undertones.

Amhrán na bhFiann (The Soldier’s Song) is the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland, but its use arouses sensitivities among those with Unionist sympathies in Northern Ireland.

At matches played in the Republic, both are sung. Elsewhere, Ireland’s Call is the only one used, in recognition of the need for a unifying anthem.

Since its creation, there has been an ongoing debate in Ireland over the songs’ usage which continues today.

What are the lyrics to 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!

What are the lyrics to The Soldier’s Song?


Sinne Fianna Fáil,
atá faoi gheall ag Éireann,
Buíon dár slua Some have come
thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Faoi mhóid bheith saor
Seantír ár sinsear feasta,
Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill.
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,
Le gunna-scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,
Seo libh canaig’ amhrán na bhFiann.


Soldiers are we,

whose lives are pledged to Ireland,

from a land beyond the wave,

Sworn to be free,

no more our ancient sireland,

Shall shelter the despot or the slave.

Tonight we man the maw of danger,

In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal,

‘Mid cannons’ roar and rifles’ peal,


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