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Skibb Eagle at ‘tail end' of anthem

June 9th, 2016 10:05 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

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THE Skibbereen Eagle has found itself perched at the tail end of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 anthem ‘The Irish Roar’ with the aid of the late RTÉ broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy. 

The track is sung by Seo Linn, who were formed in Coláiste Lurgan in the Galway Gaeltacht three years ago. The song uses a sample of Bill Herlihy’s final sign-off from RTÉ in 2014.

In the spoken sample the Cork broadcaster says ‘I wish you continued success but, like The Skibbereen Eagle, I’ll be keeping an eye on you.’

As well as sampling O’Herlihy, there are other mentions of other famous events in Irish soccer and the song is hoping to become a favourite of Irish fans when they descend on France this month.

Seo Linn – who went viral with their Irish version of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ – performed ‘The Irish Roar’ live for the very first time at last Friday’s soccer friendly between Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands in the Aviva Stadium. 

The track is now available to download through iTunes and Google Play and proceeds from the sale of the single will go to two charities – the John Giles Foundation and the Capuchin Day Centre.

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