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Sunday, September 24, 2023

VIDEO: 80,000 people singing The Cranberries, Zombie after Ireland’s spectacular victory over the Springboks

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that 80,000 people singing The Cranberries, Zombie after Ireland’s spectacular victory over the Springboks. Spine-tingling.

Did you know the song was actually written in protest against the IRA Warrington bombings? On Feb 26 1993 the IRA murdered two innocent children aged 3 and 12 in Cheshire, England. 

The Cranberries were on tour in England at the time, not far from where the bombing took place. Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, began recording the song immediately after the attack in condemnation of the killing and in creation of a “song for peace, peace among England and Ireland."

The lyrics, “another head hangs lowly, child is slowly taken, another mother's breaking, heart is taking over” are references to the murdered children and their suffering family. “It’s not me, it’s not my family,” refers to the killings not being done in her name, her family’s name, or Ireland’s name as she saw it. 

Zombie is an Irish, British, and global anthem enjoyed across the world, and rightfully so. Despite its aggressive sound, it is a song of peace, and a much more appropriate encore on the global sporting stage instead the terrorist supporting chants that have made the news in the past.

South Africa was on top for considerable spells but paid the price for poor goalkicking from flyhalf Manie Libbok and scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, who missed a combined four of five and left 11 points in the wind.

After Jonathan Sexton's penalty put Ireland ahead 10-8 an hour in, his replacement Jack Crowley slotted a 77th-minute penalty to leave South Africa needing a try to draw and a converted score to win.

The Springboks earned a lineout 10 metres from the Irish line but the maul was smothered and they couldn't recycle the ball quickly enough before the play was whistled and the game was over.

The hard rock song, generally hated by republicans, was played over the PA system in the Stade de France and the crowd joined in, ultimately singing it acapella.

The song is from the Irish band’s 1994 album ‘No Need to Argue’, and was written by its Limerick-born singer Dolores O'Riordan.

Among those who hailed the singalong was loyalist activist Moore Holmes (12,000 followers), who wrote: “80,000 people singing The Cranberries, Zombie after Ireland’s spectacular victory over the Springboks. Spine-tingling.

"Did you know the song was actually written in protest against the IRA Warrington bombings?...

"Zombie is an Irish, British, and global anthem enjoyed across the world, and rightfully so.

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