Over the past two weeks the Euros have been in full swing and the Irish football fans have been making a name for themselves as being a great bunch all together. We as a nation have taken an inordinate amount of pride in their antics and I’ll admit I do too… the only problem is I can’t help see the hypocrisy of it all. Remove the football and this is the behaviour we whinge about every paddy’s day. This is the Irish drinking culture, it’s chaotic, good natured and fun or it’s loud, belligerent and a shame to society. We have to make the decision. A football tournament is not a loophole, and in my opinion we don’t need a loophole.
We’re so proud of our fans in France,
out havin’ the craic, a sing and a dance.
Their good-natured fun an example to all fans,
unlike the thuggish English or the Russians.
Watch their tone deaf serenading of ladies,
and haphazard lullabying of babies.
Changing tires for elderly motorists,
crowd surfing confused cyclists,
through joyous, revelling throngs.
Singing and chanting and cheering gendarmes.
The papers are in love, they can’t get enough,
yet on other occasions have no time for this stuff.
Take away the football and it’s Paddy’s day,
and newspapers reactions are “what an awful display.”
We drink too much, such a shame to the nation,
this is not the sober austere of Eamonn de Valera’s imagination.
Stop all the taps, close all the pubs,
alcohol should be reserved for skimmed knee rubs!
Oh what a shame, what will other countries think!?
What will tourists say when they see us with a drink!?
So go on fans, off into the world to spread the craic,
but don’t a single one of you dare think of bringing that fucker back!