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We've Actually Never Seen Anything Like The Reaction To Ireland's Call-Gate

We've Actually Never Seen Anything Like The Reaction To Ireland's Call-Gate

Yesterday afternoon we published a piece suggesting that perhaps organising mass online recordings of Ireland's Call was perhaps not the best way to inspire and honour the incredible frontline staff working day and night to contain the spread of the coronvirus and treat those who have been infected by the virus.

The conventional wisdom of most plain folk in Ireland is that our government has performed laudably in this difficult moment. They seem to be communicating honestly and with maturity and calmness. As such, they've earned the good will of the vast majority of Irish people. People are staying indoors.

So it would be an extreme pity of the government chose to flush it all down the jacks by going all in on 'Ireland's Call'.

At a press event today centred on how the creative community might help Ireland cope with Covid-19, Tania Banotti, head of Creative Ireland, said the organisation Sing Ireland is planning to organise an 'online initiative' where people can submit recordings of Ireland's Call to inspire Ireland's frontline medical workers.

Now, needless to say, Ireland's rugby anthem, penned by Phil Coulter ahead of the 1995 World Cup, has always jarred in certain ways. Not even that popular among most of the rugby fraternity, most of the country see any widening of it's airplay as an afront to their culture.

Nevertheless, we didn't expect the sheer volume and feeling in the reaction to this story. If the reaction in social media is anything to go, this may actually be the worst idea in the history of government.

By far the most fitting repsonse was from Elisha, an ICU nurse the idea was meant to inspire.

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Beyond that, we would say the reaction has been 100% negative and quite emotionally charged.

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And that's just a taste of what's happening on our Twitter page. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are lots more of the same, and worse. You can imagine.

It's fair to say Ireland's Call might not be the answer right now.

 

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Michael McCarthy

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