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  • Nostalgia

    The Irish Navy-The Dubliners..

    Chorus: The ClĂ­ona the Maev and the Macha
    The pride of the Irish navy
    When the captain he blows on his whistle
    All the sailors go home for their tea

    While the army is off in the Congo
    In Cyprus or some foreign parts
    Our navy is strained to the limits
    Deploying its nautical acts
    One day from the Russian invader
    Defending our very own fish
    We found it was just the red herring
    From the signals we got from the Kish


    Each year they go on manoeuvres
    To prepare for defence they are keen
    Sometimes it's the Lakes of Killarney
    More often the pond in the green
    The canal it could be of assistance
    In defending our own holy ground
    But due to proposed legislation
    We'll have to sail all the way round


    We are a seafaring nation
    Defence of our land is a right
    We fight like the devil all morning
    Provided we're home by the night


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

  • #2
    Nostalgia: is definitly not what it used to be:D :D
    "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
    Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
    Illegitimi non carborundum


    • #3
      Hey Goldie since you seem to be so interested in the musical side to the NS....heres a little challenge for you.

      Back in 1985 the crew of the L.E .Grainne commanded by Geno Ryan published a mini year book. On the back page was a song relating to the ship which was to be sung to the melody of Christy Moores come up with a copy of that and I might even think you are brilliant....I had a copy of it years ago but alas it vanished.
      Covid 19 is not over's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe


      • #4
        Here is the riposte written by someone in the early 70's. It was sung to the air of Garryowen (the marching song of the U.S 7th. Cavalry)

        We sailed Corvette's for twenty years,
        we stood the public's jokes and jeer's,
        we disregard their laughs and sneers,
        for we are the Irish Navy.

        This rocky coast we sail around,
        from Malin to the Blasket Sound,
        where ere the poacher may be found,
        there you'll find the Irish Navy.

        But now we sail a smaller ship,
        and soon one Dutchman made a slip,
        it was the Fola on a trip,
        on patrol for the Irish Navy.

        So come all you men like Ronnie Drew,
        we're doing a job you could'nt do,
        and if you sailed on 02,
        you would'nt slag the Irish Navy.