The Wolfe Tones’ Celtic Symphony has climbed to number two on the UK iTunes chart amid a row over the Irish women’s football team singing a ‘pro-IRA’ song after beating Scotland this week.
Players celebrating the win were filmed in the Hampden dressing room on Tuesday singing the chant “Ooh aah up the Ra”.
UEFA and Police Scotland are investigating footage, which circulated on social media and led to an apology from the Football Association of Ireland, as well as the manager and players.
Irish football fans hit back at criticism after a Sky Sports presenter asked if there was “a need for education” following the backlash.
One fan responded to the clip on social media: “Don’t talk history to us.”
Another added: “This British journalist telling an Irishman to read up on history is a joke.”
Following the media storm, Dublin band The Wolfe Tones’ Celtic Symphony has climbed to number one in Ireland and number two on the UK iTunes chart.
The song, originally released in 1988, celebrated Celtic FC’s 100th anniversary and many were quick to point out that the line was a reference to graffiti at Parkhead, reading: ‘We’re magic, up the Celts, ooh, aah up the Ra”.
Speaking of Irish timesWolfe Tones songwriter Brian Warfield said: “What the hell is wrong with the IRA? It’s the Irish Republican Army. It’s the people who brought us here and gave us some hope when we had no hope.
“Horrible things happened on both sides, but don’t argue it was one-sided. Don’t tell me you can’t sing a Celtic symphony, but you can sing God Save the King? It shouldn’t be argued that Land of Hope and Glory isn’t a rebel song.
“In England they wear poppies and raise them to kill sir this and sir that to kill for English expansionism, but to kill to get Ireland’s liberty is a terrible crime.”
At the time of writing, Celtic Symphony remains number two on the UK iTunes charts.
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