Donegal beat Cork in singing stakes

Donegal football boss Jimmy McGuinness has an extra couple of subs on his team this year and even if they never kick a ball they plan to help him all the way to Croker success.

The Ulster champions are not just fit as fiddles — they also have a few more strings to their game ahead of the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork this weekend, if the latest YouTube offering is anything to go by.

‘The Hills of Donegal’ is so 20th century — but the latest ditty for Jimmy is gaining popularity by the day. Titled ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’, the video — to add insult to the Cork footballers’ injury — features a guitarist named Rory Gallagher, aka Rory And The Island. He and his musical friend, known only as Jimmy from Senegal, play a reggae-infused tribute to the Donegal manager from a beach on Lanzarote. It’s all about helping the Donegal team to go all the way this year after defending their Ulster title against Down.

The lyrics feature some classic raps like:

“He comes from Glenties man,

“He’s winning plenty man,

“He got more medals than an Olympian Chinaman,

“We beaten Kerry man,

“We beaten Derry man,

“We beaten anyone we meeting in the final man.”

A few hits on YouTube last week soon escalated after an appearance on donegaldaily.com — and it has now passed 120,000 views. According to the site: “‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ is catching the imagination of our readers worldwide with views coming in from 58 different countries including the USA, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, and of course Senegal.”

Speaking to the website, Rory said: “Jimmy is super. He sells the best fake Rolex in Lanzarote. Incredibly, he knows 1,000 towns on the map of ireland, he speaks six languages, he sings ‘Molly Malone’ and ‘The Fields of Athenry’ in Irish pubs every night.

“He now claims his great, great grandfather comes from Donegal.!”


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