Ireland's National Anthem
The National Anthem, called The Soldier's Song was written in 1907
by Peadar Kearney, an uncle of Brendan Behan. It was first
published in the newspaper, Irish Freedom in 1912, but was not
widely known until it was sung at the GPO during the Easter Rising
of 1916. The chorus was formally adopted as the National Anthem in
You can listen to the 'Army Band' playing the National Anthem
If you would like to play the music on a musical instrument you can
the music (File 263kb) .
A section of the National Anthem (consisting of the first four bars
followed by the last five) is also the Presidential Salute.