Delaney apologises for singing Republican ballad

Delaney apologises for singing Republican ballad

John Delaney has apologised for any offence caused by his singing of a Republican ballad in a video that emerged online this week.

The FAI Chief Executive was filmed singing 'Joe McDonnell' in a pub following Ireland's 4-1 defeat of the USA last week.

Delaney said: "If I had known on any occasion somebody would, in a sly way, tape me and try and use it in a way that represents you incorrectly, I would never have sang it."

"We all sing songs that we don't believe in every word, all the lyrics," he said. "I'm not violent and I've worked very closely to use football cross-border initiatives to break down barriers."

On the same night the video was shot, the FA had to apologise for their official band playing along with anti-IRA chants during England's win over Scotland at Celtic Park.

England are due to visit the Aviva in June.


More in this Section

Kilruane knock out Tipp champions Clonoulty, but at a costKilruane knock out Tipp champions Clonoulty, but at a cost

Kosgei breaks world marathon record; Ireland's McCormack qualifies for Tokyo 2020Kosgei breaks world marathon record; Ireland's McCormack qualifies for Tokyo 2020

Nemo Rangers breeze past tame Douglas in Cork SFCNemo Rangers breeze past tame Douglas in Cork SFC

Mahon guides Sixmilebridge to fourth Clare SHC title this decadeMahon guides Sixmilebridge to fourth Clare SHC title this decade


Lifestyle

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

After breaking through as a character with mental health issues in her hit TV series, Irish actress Aisling Bea is happy to take another step to stardom in a new Netflix comedy with Paul Rudd, writes Ed Power.Aisling Bea and Paul Rudd team up for new comedy

More From The Irish Examiner