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Poetry Corner: Ireland’s Call

On St Patrick’s Day The Orkney News celebrates Ireland’s John Philip Holland born Feb. 29, 1840, Liscannor, County Clare.

John Philip Holland

John Philip Holland, engineer (1841-1914) via wikimedia

John Philip Holland emigrated to the USA in 1873. On 17th of March 1898 his design of a submarine successfully completed a test run off Staten Island. He had financial backing from the Irish Fenian Society. He also designed a safety device so that submariners could escape if trapped.

Ireland’s Call

Side by side
We stand like brothers
One for all and all together
We will stay united through darker days
And we’ll be unbeatable forever

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

Come the day and come the hour
Some will live in song and story
We were born to follow our guiding star
And to beat our destiny with glory

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

Hearts of steel and heads are bowing
Vowing never to be broken
We will fight, until we can fight no more
Till our final requiem is spoken

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!
We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

Songwriters: Coulter Philip Michael
Ireland’s Call lyrics © U S Music & Media, MECHANICAL COPYRIGHT PROTECTION SOCIETY LTD, FOUR SEASONS MUSIC LTD

 

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    • I like ‘The Wearing of the Green’ but our true and only National Anthem is, ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’.

      Charlie G

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  1. Lord, that brings back memories – of standing up at the end of Bradford Irish Society ceilidh’s, to sing ‘The Soldier’s Song’.
    Did I ever mention, that, when the members of a band I know, told me they didn’t want to play ‘God Save The Queen’ at the end of a gig, but were told they were expected to, my solution was …….choose the Queen of your choice, and play it for her. My choice in that kind of situation is Boudiccae.

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