From Finaghy Field to Rome

James Galway, a talent discovered and nurtured by a Protestant flute band, performed this week in Rome at an event to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard.

  • Comrade Stalin

    James Galway, a talent discovered and nurtured by a Protestant flute band,

    Why the F*** do we have to bring flipping religion into every single bloody thing we export ?

  • paddyjoe

    because fair deal just cant help himself. james galway, one of ours. well fair deal, could you not claim bono and daniel o donnell as well. cos i certainly dont want to assosiate them 2 with ussens

  • fair_deal

    Sometimes I seriously wonder what the fuck is the point

  • elfinto

    Have you tried Prozac?

  • fair_deal


    Thanks for raising a smile.

  • smirkyspice

    I am happy for James Galway ‘local boy goes to Rome’ …good on him… I really don’t care what religion he is though.

  • I always wondered why a young lad would join a flute band. Surely any young heterosexual male would be better off out pucking a sliotar arond a field, or if they must play a musical instrument what’s wrong with the drums? His dad should have sorted him out when we was a young buck, surely he saw the signs, the dodgy haircut, the playing with Barbie instead of Action Man?

    I also wonder what was the point of brining religion into it…

  • Stephen Copeland

    Unlike other posters above, I don’t question fair_deal’s slant on this story. Its a small tale of one man’s journey from (I assume) ‘Kick the Pope’ to ‘Meet the Pope’. Maybe the Onward Flute Band are not a blood and thunder band (I do not know), but their participation in the 12th will certainly lead many to assume they are/were anti-Catholic. So James Galway’s personal journey is an interesting one. Would that others might follow.

  • hovetwo

    FFS surely this is one of those rare threads where religion DOES come into it? If the headline was “Belfast-born James Galway plays concert in Rome” then his religious or social background would be irrelevant, but when the scion of a Protestant flute band from Belfast plays at the 500th anniversary of the papal Swiss Guard, it’s worth an explicit reference.

    I’m sure James Galway has left any sectarian baggage long behind him, but a reference to his background places an interesting context on how far he has travelled. In the same way, for instance, I’m intrigued by the Irish and Catholic lineage of Edmund Burke, and how far it shaped his “English” and Anglican thought…