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Sign language version of Amhrán na bhFiann to be performed at today’s All-Ireland hurling final

The performance will take place in tandem with the Artane Band.

First performance of the ISL of the National Anthem last month

First performance of the ISL of the National Anthem last month

THE FIRST PERFORMANCE of the new Irish Sign Language version of the National Anthem will be performed at today’s All-Ireland hurling final.

The performance will take place in tandem with the Artane Band who will be playing Amhrán na bhFiann before the Galway and Limerick game.

The Irish Sign Language version of the National Anthem was first performed in public last month when a report on protocols surrounding the national anthem was launched by the Seanad Public Consultation Committee.

Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSenator Mark Daly, who put forward the Irish Sign Language Recognition Bill through the Dáil and Seanad last year, said today’s performance at the All Ireland Hurling Final is a milestone for the 50,000 members of the Irish Deaf community.

“This is a major step in the right direction for the Irish deaf community,” said Daly.

Our National Anthem should be inclusive, not inclusive, and having an ISL version that can be used at public occasions ensures the equal treatment of our fellow citizens who are deaf or hearing impaired.

“For far too long, our deaf community were pushed to the side-lines of major public occasions,” he added, stating that today’s performance of an ISL version of Amhrán na bhFiann “begins to right this wrong”.

“I really do hope that other sporting and public bodies make use of this newly available Irish Sign Language version of Amhrán na bhFiann. Ireland is an inclusive, welcoming and positive country and this weekend’s All Ireland Final will bring that home even more to our deaf citizens,” said Daly.

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1st performance of Irish Sign Language version of National Anthem at a sporting event will help bring deaf community in from the side-lines – Daly

– New Sign Language version of the National anthem for the Deaf community will be performed before All Ireland Hurling Final –

Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that the first performance of the Irish Sign Language version of Amhrán na bhFiann at this weekend’s All Ireland Hurling Final is a milestone for the 50,000 members of the Irish Deaf community.

“This is a major step in the right direction for the Irish deaf community,” said Daly who helped drive the Irish Sign Language Recognition for the Deaf Community Act through the Oireachtas. Senator Daly also compiled the report for the Seanad Public Consultation on the National Anthem which resulted in the first ever official version of the National Anthem for the deaf community.

“Our National Anthem should be inclusive, not inclusive, and having an ISL version that can be used at public occasions ensures the equal treatment of our fellow citizens who are deaf or hearing impaired.

“For far too long, our deaf community were pushed to the side-lines of major public occasions, and I think, this weekend’s performance of an ISL version of Amhrán na bhFiann begins to right this wrong.

“I really do hope that other sporting and public bodies make use of this newly available Irish Sign Language version of Amhrán na bhFiann. Ireland is an inclusive, welcoming and positive country and this weekend’s All Ireland Final will bring that home even more to our deaf citizens,” concluded Daly.

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The historic performance will take place in tandem with the Artane Band playing Amhrán na bhFiann before the game between Galway and Limerick
The historic performance will take place in tandem with the Artane Band playing Amhrán na bhFiann before the game between Galway and Limerick
The new Irish Sign Language version of the National Anthem will be performed for the first time at a sporting occasion before Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final.

The GAA has confirmed the historic performance will take place in tandem with the Artane Band playing Amhrán na bhFiann before the game between Galway and Limerick.

The new ISL version of the National Anthem was officially performed for the first time by a deaf choir and a piper from the Defences Forces band in Leinster House last month.

Senator Mark Daly, who worked on spearheading the passage of the Irish Sign Language Recognition Bill through the Dáil and Seanad last year, has welcomed the GAA initiative.

He told RTÉ: “This is part of the long process of treating all citizens equally and ensuring the 50,000 members of the Irish deaf community now have an official version of the National Anthem.”

The Fianna Fáil Senator said that one of the benefits of the recent Seanad Public Consultation on the National Anthem was the fact it highlighted how some people felt excluded by the National Anthem.

He said: “Alain Newstead, a student from Bishopstown Community School in Cork, came into the Seanad public consultation. He said he felt excluded as a citizen of this State and a member of the deaf community as there was no sign language version of the National Anthem.”

It was from that Cork schoolboy’s idea that the historic rendition of the anthem from the deaf choir and Corporal Anthony Kelly of the army band took place in Leinster House last month.

Alan Milton, the GAA’s Director of Communications, said that it is fitting that the new version of the anthem will be performed before Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final.

He said: “All-Ireland final day is about inclusivity. While not everyone can get tickets for the game, we do want to make it as inclusive as possible for everyone in the stadium and all those watching at home.

“This is a further example of the GAA trying to cater for as many people as possible on All-Ireland final day.”

Darren Byrne, the Chairperson of the Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters, will be signing the ISL version of the anthem before Sunday’s game.

The GAA is still working out the logistics of the performance but is expected that Mr Byrne will be filmed signing the anthem as the Artane Band play it and his performance will be shown on the big screens inside the stadium.

Senator Daly added: “This is the first performance of the National Anthem at a sporting event in sign language. It is important as the GAA is one of our key sporting institutions.

“We would hope that other sporting organisations would follow their lead.”

Next year is the 110th anniversary of Peadar Kearney writing the national anthem.

In 2013 it fell out of copyright protection so the Seanad committee looked at the issues around making sure it was not used inappropriately such as in commercial advertising.

The committee has devised protocols so all citizens are aware of the proper use and treatment of the National Anthem.

The proposed protocols include the versions of the anthem in Irish, English and Irish Sign Language, as well as the musical notation provided by the Irish Defence Forces School of Music.

The Seanad committee found that the majority of Irish people want the existing wording of Amhrán na bhFiann/The Soldier’s Song to remain unchanged.

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