Credit: Adam Singer via Twitter (Screengrab)

Controversy erupts over footage of people playing music on transatlantic flight

Footage of people playing traditional music on a transatlantic flight from Dublin to New York has divided some social media users after it was posted on Sunday afternoon.

One passenger posted the video, which showed a group of Irish musicians playing traditional instruments as what seems to be mostly appreciative passengers gathered round waiting to exit the plane after the flight on Saturday.

While most people loved the idea of a session at 10,000 feet, one passenger Adam Singer said he could understand how the performance was “done from a good place” but admitted he felt “like you don’t play music (or worse, sing) in an enclosed space there’s no escape from”.

Some, however, were quick to jump to the defence of the musicians, with the music being praised as “beautiful”.

“So beautiful. That’s what humanity is all about if you ask me,” one person said in response. 

“I freakin love this,” another person wrote. “I wish I could have experienced that first hand!”
“This fulfills every fantasy I have about traveling to Ireland. I love it. Also, I need someone to close that overhead compartment,” quipped another.

Several said it looked like people were leaving the plane, and that as long as it wasn’t during the flight, the music was “totally cool” – while others said the music was just a bit of fun.

Still, a question mark remained around whether a plane was the place for music in any case:


Other users sided with the musicians, while others said the music would have gone down better if there were free drinks on offer:                  


New York’s famous St. Patrick’s Day parade, now in its 262nd year, is set to be streamed internationally for the first time this year. It’s set to be broadcast on NBC New York.

The iconic parade, which began in 1762, survived a war of revolution, along with World War I and World War II. It also withstood the Great Depression and the pandemics of 1918 and 2022.

This year will see the return of participants and bands from across the US, on a scale not seen since 2019 because of Covid, organisers say.

Celebrations are already taking place across the world ahead of Friday, with St. Patrick’s Day festivities kicking off in London’s Trafalgar Square at the weekend.

Crowds of up to 50,000 gathered for the parade and celebrations on Saturday, which took on the theme ‘London Loves The Irish’.

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