Wolfe Tones’ track Celtic Symphony has re-entered the Irish music charts following a controversy involving the Republic of Ireland women’s football team.
On Wednesday, footage emerged on social media showing the team’s players chanting the lyrics ‘ooh, aah up the ‘Ra’ after their 1-0 win over Scotland which saw them qualify for the Cup World Cup 2023. This prompted controversy and later an apology from the FAI and team manager Vera Pauw.
As a result, interest in the song has skyrocketed and at the time of writing it sits at number one on the Irish iTunes chart.
Another version of the track is also currently number two on the Top 100 chart.
The track, which was written by the band’s lead singer Brian Warfield, began climbing the charts on Wednesday night following footage of the footballers, who previously held No. 10.
The song is one of the Wolfe Tones’ most famous numbers and is widely recognized. Written in 1987, the song was created for the Celtic football club‘s centenary, which took place a year later.
The Wolfe Tones consist of members Warfield, plus Tommy Byrne and Noel Nagle and were formed in Dublin in the early 1960s.
Mr Warfield has since championed footballers. He said: “What’s wrong with the IRA? It’s the Irish Republican Army. They’re the people who put us here and gave us some hope when we weren’t. we had none.
He described everyone who criticized the lyrics of his song as “crazy people and trade unionists”.
The FAI and Vera Pauw have since apologized.
Pauw said: “We will review this with the players and remind them of their responsibilities in this regard. I spoke with players this morning and we are collectively sorry for any injuries caused, there is no excuse for this.
In a later interview with RTE, Pauw said that had she been aware of the meaning of the song, she would have immediately addressed it.
“It’s only fair that it got a bit tarnished because it goes deep into Irish history,” said the Dutch national.