Sign language version of anthem to be performed at hurling final

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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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Committee calls for national anthem guidelines and formal Irish sign language version

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/committee-calls-for-national-anthem-guidelines-and-formal-irish-sign-language-version-855832.html

Guidelines for using the national anthem and support for a formal Irish sign language version of it have been proposed by an all-party Oireachtas Committee.

However, politicians have stopped short of pushing for Amhrán na bhFiann to be protected in legislation-despite calls by families of the authors of the anthem among others.

The Seanad Public Consultation Committee on the anthem wants schools to improve the learning of it in Irish, English as well as in sign language.

The recommendations follow consultation and the involvement of groups, including representatives of the deaf community, school children and relatives of those who penned the anthem.

Launching the report, committee chairman Sen Paul Coghlan said:

“We have been strongly advised by officials in the department of finance to legislate for this [protections]. But the protocols will be as good as that.”

The committee also decided not to recommend penalties for inappropriate use of the anthem, despite the fact it has gone out of copyright and has been used in commercial advertisements.

“Legislation to protect it is not required at this stage,” said Sen Coghlan.

But Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly disagreed during debate on the report. He and others say legislation would have protected the anthem like the national symbol of the harp as well as the national flag. Relatives of those who authored the anthem agreed.

Conal Kearney, the grandson of Peadar Kearney, who wrote the English lyrics in 1909, wants it enshrined in legislation. Dublin Lord Mayor Niall Ring, whose great uncle Liam Ring, translated the Soldiers Song into Irish in Amhrán na bhFiann, also wants the national song protected in law.

“I hope this is a stepping stone,” he said at the launch today.

The Irish sign language version of the song was compiled by school children from Bishopstown Community School in Cork.

Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath has also said this should be protected in law.

The committee made a number of recommendations which it says will improve knowledge of, the use of the anthem as well as guidelines on when it is sung or signed.

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