Remember, “Patriot” Means Different Things to Different People

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Just a reminder.

This song was written in the 1950s by an Irishman named Behan, who had friends in the IRA. It was a much requested song by IRA members, and recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Joan Baez, and others, as well as the Kingston Trio in the early 60s.



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  1. Michael S Goodman  August 15, 2019

    The song is also a very partisan one, since it basically attacks the entire legitimacy of the Irish government (the 26 cos. in the South), whose founders supposedly “betrayed” the Six Counties by agreeing to compromise on Northern ireland.

    • Vassar  August 16, 2019

      Thanks for dropping by. In all my years I had never made the connection, but sure, that was when Michael Collins was sold over in 1922 and Eamon de Valera became head of the new Irish State.

      • Michael S Goodman  August 18, 2019

        Exactly, and DeValera was one of the “quislings” to which the song refers.


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