If you ever get the chance and go to a soccer game in Ireland, chances are you will hear at least one of these 5 Irish football songs. In the US fans and spectators cheer, do the wave and many other methods to root for their team and urge them on. In Ireland, as well as some other countries they sing songs of support for their favorite teams players. Here we will take a look at 5 of these Irish football songs and provide a brief description of their meanings. We will start with 3 traditional classics and then add 2 more that began during the 1990 World Cup Challenge.
- "Fields of Athenry" This is probably one of the best known sporting songs in Ireland. Written in 1979 by Peter St. John, "Fields of Athenry" speaks of a young man in Ireland who was deported for stealing corn. He is forced to go to Australia leaving his wife and child behind. Although the roots of the song have no connection with sports, it is often sung during sporting events in the Irish Republic.
- "Away In A Manger" This adaptation of the popular Christmas carol is sung in the traditional sense until the last part of the first verse going something like this; “the stars in the bright sky looked down where he…” and the end is replaced with shouts of “Healy, Healy”. The song is a tribute to the Northern Ireland soccer player and top scoring David Healy.
- "We’re Not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland" This popular Irish football song comes from the 1982 and is sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The song tells a tale of victories, during the 1982 World Cup quarter finals, over much larger nations such as, Europe, Italy, and Germany
- "Put Em under Pressure." This very popular Irish football song was written during the 1990 World Cup by Larry Mullen of U2. The chorus is developed around a familiar soccer chant, Olé Olé Olé, and is sampled from catch phrases from the coach Jack “Jackie” Charlton.
- "Joxer Goes to Stuttgart" Last but not least is "Joker Goes to Stuttgart," which focuses on an Irish football fan, Joker who travels to see the game that took place in Stuttgart's Neckarstadion against England. There are many fans that attribute the economic developments to this game and the 1990 World Cup performance 2 years later. No factual information can be produced about this however.
Many countries take extreme amounts of pride in their football teams. As such, many of these songs and chants can be virtual battle cries for their teams and the passion devoted to these sports can liken them to actual battles