Singing a new song for the GAA
Has the time come for GAA fans to decommission The Rose Of Mooncoin? Should we wave farewell once and for all to Slievenamon? When Watt Murphy and Charles Kickham first picked up their pens and wrote those songs, they weren’t thinking of their ballads getting aired at the end of big days out in Croke Park.
But they’re now the songs that echo around Croker at the end of the finals, though this Tippman sadly acknowledges that Kickham’s ode has not been heard as much as the bloody Rose Of Mooncoin in recent years.
However, if we are to move on and invest in new county repertoires, the alternatives may not quite be as palatable as we think. Every year, you get a clatter of songs emanating from the counties contesting the All Irelands, such as this year’s offering for the Tipp team from Johnny B & The Boogie Men. Most of them are downright awful and fortunately rarely make it beyond September. Though most fade away as fast as the annual Mayo football challenge for national honours, some do survive for a few seasons.
The only problem is the need for veracity. A song such as Jimmy’s Winning Matches only works as long as Jim McGuinness (above left, presumably singing along) is in charge – songwriter Rory Gallagher will be hoping for a Brian Cody-like reign for the Donegal manager. As we saw in the football final, it doesn’t work when Donegal are Donaghy’d by Kerry. Back to the drawing board.