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Thread #45506   Message #673749
Posted By: campion
21-Mar-02 - 09:49 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: RE: Politically incorrect national anthems
Peader Kearney, who penned the Irish National Anthem, was uncle to Brendan Behan. Circa 1955, the Irish American playwright JP Donleavy had his play, The Ginger Man, closed down in Dublin due to pressure from the archbishop and government leaders, as it "suggested" that the protagonist "had it away" with a woman not his wife. The leading role was played by the young Richard Harris- it was his first big role. Shaken by the play being shut down, the angry and somewhat pair of Harris and Donleavt made their way to the Bailey where they were comforted by Behan, Patrick Kavanaugh, and a host of other Irish literary luminaries, none of whom, Donleavy related, had even bothered to see the play. Behan remarked that the closing down of the Ginger Man was "the saddest night in Irish history," and that although his uncle [Peader Kearney] had written the national anthem, "we'd have been better served if he had written 'We Ain't Got No Bananas.'"