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Mother England to the rescue Friday, November 19, 2010

Letter to Irish Examiner published to-day

NOW that the British chancellor of the exchequer has said Britain stands ready to participate in rescuing the state-owned Irish banks, it is appropriate that we should recall the words of an old song.

Peadar Kearney, who wrote Amhrán na bFhiann, has left us a suitable ditty which could now be understood literally. The following two stanzas are particularly apt. Perhaps they could be sung at Fianna Fáil árd fheiseanna.

“When we were savage fierce and wild
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day
She came like a mother to her child
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day
Gently raised us from the slime
Kept our hands from hellish crime
And sent us to heaven in her own good time
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day

Our fathers oft were naughty boys
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day
For pikes and guns are dangerous toys
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day
From Bearna Baol to Peter’s Hill
We made poor England weep her fill
Ah, but ould Britannia she loves us still
Whack fol the diddle fol the di dol day.”

Paddy Healy
Griffith Court
Fairview
Dublin

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