Ireland apologize for singing pro-IRA song after reaching Women’s World Cup | Republic of Ireland women’s football team

The Football Association of Ireland has apologized after a video emerged on social media of Irish women singing a song with a pro-IRA chorus after qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday.

The clip showed the team celebrating in their Hampden Park dressing room after their 1-0 win over Scotland, chanting “Ooh ah, up the ‘RA” – words associated with support for the Irish Republican Army . It comes from a song, Celtic Symphony by the Wolfe Tones, released in 1987 for the centenary of the Celtic football club.

In a statement, the FAI said: “The Football Association of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland women’s national team manager, Vera Pauw, apologize for any infringement caused by a song sung by players in the Irish dressing room after the FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff victory over Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

Pauw said: “We apologize from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who was offended by the content of the post-match celebrations as we had just qualified for the World Cup.

“We will review this with the players and remind them of their responsibilities in this regard. I spoke with players this morning and we are collectively sorry for any injury caused, there is no excuse for this.”

Veteran player Áine O’Gorman reiterated her apology, according to RTÉ Sport: “We sang 100 songs last night and that’s the one that came out. We would just like to apologize to anyone who was offended.

The apology came after Ireland’s stunning victory over Scotland, with a goal 18 minutes from Amber Barrett’s time. Afterward, she dedicated her lens to the 10 victims of the Creeslough tragedy, saying, “My grandparents were born and raised there. I vacation there with my uncle. I know people who died in the drama, who were affected, who were the first on the scene.

“I dedicate this result and the goal to the 10 beautiful souls who sadly perished, for all their families. I know they touched their lives and they touched ours. This is for Cresslough. This is for Donegal.

The apology was welcomed by Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie. “They let themselves down,” he said. “Really shameful. Apologies welcome. I was moved by Creeslough’s dedication. We can’t have that. We cannot glorify the actions of a terrorist group.

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