Twenty years of ‘Ireland’s Call’ have been marked at Phil Coulter’s hometown City of Derry Rugby club.
In a pre game lunch last Saturday international artist Coulter spoke about how the song, now an intricate part of the fabric of Irish rugby, came to be - and gave a rousing rendition of the sporting anthem.
A plaque marking 20 years of the song was also unveiled on Saturday at the club.
Written by Coulter in 1995, Ireland’s Call was first broadcast simultaneously in Northern Ireland on the Kelly show and in the Republic on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show, sung by Andrew Strong, singer in the film The Commitments, accompanied by Portadown Male Voice Choir.
The original musical score of Ireland’s Call was donated to Richard Moore, the founder of Children in Crossfire. It was later auctioned off in a fundraising event for the charity.