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ON THIS DAY: 12 NOVEMBER 1971: RTÉ bans several patriotic ballads

ON THIS DAY: 12TH NOVEMBER 1971: RTÉ bans several patriotic ballads including Dublin In The Green and The Patriot Game

Lyrics of the The Patriot Game

Come all ye young rebels, and list while I sing,
For the love of one’s country is a terrible thing.
It banishes fear with the speed of a flame,
And it makes us all part of the patriot game.

My name is O’Hanlon, and I’ve just turned sixteen.
My home is in Monaghan, and where I was weaned
I learned all my life cruel England’s to blame,
So now I am part of the patriot game.

It’s nearly two years since I went away
With the local battalion of the bold IRA,
For I read of our heroes, and wanted the same
To play out my part in the patriot game.

And now as I lie here, my body all holes
I think of those traitors who bargained in souls
And I wish that my rifle had given the same
To those Quislings who sold out the patriot game.

Photo credit: Tricolour flying at the GPO

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16 days ago

Natural enough for RTE to ban the Patriot game I guess, being quintessential quislings themselves

Gavin smartt
12 days ago

Nothing much has changed. A so called national broadcaster that is only interested in the opinions of a few. My irish history is a delicate balance of what one chooses to believe and what side one wishes to take. I for sure wasn’t given the truth in school or only partial truth. One thing is for sure though,my great grand children’s history is gonna be a lot more confusing considering I am living it and I can’t access the truth readily.

In the light of his recent political statements, would you vote for Conor McGregor if he ran for election?

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