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'Up The Ra' Controversy Sends The Wolfe Tones To Number 1 in Ireland and Number 2 in UK

'Up The Ra' Controversy Sends The Wolfe Tones To Number 1 in Ireland and Number 2 in UK
By Luke Delaney Updated
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After all of Wednesday's controversy surrounding the Ireland WNT and their celebrations after the historic victory at Hampden Park,  the song used in the video, Celtic Symphony, has now returned to Number 1 in the charts. The famous rebel song by The Wolfe Tones has returned to top spot in the Irish iTunes Top 40, just two years after they were last there.

Not only is the song sitting at the summit of the Irish charts, two versions of Celtic Symphony are inside the UK Top 40, with one of them being in second place and the other sitting in 21st.

An achievement that The Wolfe Tones will undoubtedly be extremely proud of, and the Irish public as a whole.

With the two editions of the song continuing to rise up the UK charts at an insane rate, it's looking like a real possibility that Celtic Symphony could reach number 1 in the UK and Ireland over the next couple of days.

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The celebrations in the dressing room caused some backlash due to the team referencing the 'IRA' while singing Celtic Symphony. Last night, The Wolfe Tones tweeted this, showing that they had returned to the top of the charts again and also supporting the Girls in Green.

Their album 'At Their Best Live' has also soared to the top of the iTunes Albums Chart.


The last time The Wolfe Tones went to Number 1


It's not the first time that The Wolfe Tones have seen their songs return to the top of the charts in recent years. Back in 2020, when the government announced that they would be commemorating the RIC, it caused widespread unhappiness across the country, that Ireland would be marking the event and work done by a group that had caused so much brutality across the country.

Key figures from the RIC and DMP were due to be remembered at a ceremony in Dublin Castle, but due to the public outcry, the event was cancelled.

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This then led to another famous song by The Wolfe Tones, 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans' flying straight to number one in the charts.

A year prior to this, the same song soared to the top of the charts again after Steve Coogan ended an episode of This Time with Alan Partridge, by singing the famous rebel song in the character of a rural Irish farmer.



It goes to show just how widely supported one of Ireland's greatest ever bands is and despite these songs being released decades ago, it still has place at the top of the charts.

SEE ALSO: Sky Sports Presenter Proposes Education For Irish Team After Up The Ra Chant

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