Amhrán na bhFiann should be learned in the classroom, so people don’t continue to mumble it at matches.
That’s the view of the organiser of a new campaign, encouraging children to learn the Irish national anthem.
The ‘Learn our Anthem’ competition is encouraging primary school children to learn the song and send a video of their performance in time for March 17th.
Rachel J Cooper who is heading up the campaign, says it should be sang more than once a year in schools.
“I’m not saying that every day kids in school or assembly should sing it every morning. Just more than once a year.”
“I know that it’s dusted down around St. Patrick’s Day and everyone learns it then in school but it should focus more on the classroom.”
“I think that if it did we would stand a better chance of carrying it forward into our adult lives, so when it comes to occasions when we should be proud to sing it that we all know the words.”