Singing The Sash as Gaeilge – on the banks of The Boyne

Not one to shirk my duty in promoting cross-community relations, I am delighted to share my new video with the Slugger faithful this Twelfth Day of July. And here it is. The Sash. At The Boyne. In Irish! I’d been meaning to translate this Orange favourite into Irish for ages, but never quite got around to it until now. And I can’t think of anywhere better to sing it than “on the banks of that beautiful river”. I briefly toyed …

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Did you hear the one about The Pope, the Lambeg and the ukulele?

I’m always a wee bit wary of Twelfths that don’t happen until the Thirteenth. Especially so this year, as it’s a Twelfth with no marching. And what’s a Dara Lá Déag (Twelfth) without a bit of a march… Edenderry will be empty, as will venues around the Province, vacant fields echoing to the sound of birds instead of brattling drums. Flutes and fifes will not be stilled, but their shrill beauty will be curtailed by Covid’s shackles. Normally on the …

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