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Soldiers Song

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Ireland The National Anthem

 Peadar Kearney wrote the Soldier's Song in 1907, it became widely known when it was sung at the GPO during the Easter Rising of 1916. Soon after, it was adopted as the national anthem, replacing God Save Ireland. The first edition of the song was published in 1916.

Irish version (Gaelic)
Amhrán na bhFiann

Sinne Fianna Fáil
Atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn
Buíon dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chughainn
Faoi mhóid bheith saor
Sean-tír ár sinsear feasta
Ní fhágfar faoin tiorán ná faoin tráill
Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaig Amhrán na bhFiann

 In 1934, the Irish state acquired the copyright of the song for the sum of £1,200
 Controversy has surrounded the wording of Amhrán na bhFiann over the years. In the original translation, the first line read as Sinne Laochra Gaedheal (we the heroes of Ireland). This has since been replaced by Sinne Fianna Fáil,(Soldiers are we)  which to some is evidence that the anthem has been hijacked by the Fianna Fáil party.
 In recent years, discussions have taken place about replacing Amhrán na bhFiann with a new national anthem, arguing that the current wording is excessively militant and anti-British. Others have argued that the melody is difficult for bands to play which has occasionally resulted with problems being witnessed at international events.

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Phonetic version
Shin-na fee-in-na fall
A-taw fwee yal eg Erin
Bween daur slew
Harr teen du rawnig cooin
Fwaw vode veh sair
Shann-tier awr shinshir fawsta
Nee awg-fur fween teer-awn naw fween trawl
A nukt a hay-un sa varna vwail
Lay g'yan air gwale cunn bawsh no sale
Le gunna schrake, fay law vock na bill air
Shuh liv con-ig arawn navee
 The Irish national anthem consists of the chorus only of Amhrán na bhFiann and is almost always sung in Irish.
 Ireland's Call Anthem
Has increasingly been sung at all-Ireland sport matches to represent the whole island of Ireland.
 The population of the island as a whole is just under 6 million(2006), 4.20 million live in the Irish Republic and 1.7 million live in Northern Ireland.
Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The National Parliament (Oireachtas) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) Northern Ireland has a parliamentary monarchy and an electoral democracy. The voting age is 18 in both parts of Ireland.


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