Donegal Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has hit out on the contemporary controversy surrounding the music of the Wolfe Tones following their historic Electrical Picnic gig.
Debates sprung up nationwide after the Republican band attracted a record-breaking crowd to their efficiency final Sunday.
There was blended response within the media to footage of festivalgoers chanting the likes of ‘Ooh ah, up the Ra’ to songs similar to “Celtic Symphony”. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern stated that younger individuals ought to “educate themselves” in regards to the Troubles to grasp our “tough historical past”.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn took to social media to slam the “sickening hypocrisy” of those that are lecturing younger individuals on their historical past after the live performance.
He stated: “These hypocrites invite us to have fun the Irish Republican women and men from 1916 and from 1919 to 1923 however to criminalise the Irish Republican women and men from the Sixties to the Nineteen Nineties.
“The times of Part 31 are over.
“Our younger individuals see you. They know their historical past.”
Wolfe Tones lead singer Brian Warfield informed Joe Duffy on RTE’s Liveline that the band was “actually humbled” by the large crowd that gathered for his or her gig. The group was so big that it overflowed out of the Electrical Enviornment tent and throughout the sector.
“Nicely it was completely spectacular. I feel individuals obtained their reply about the precise to sing a music and I feel on the finish of the day, the individuals of Eire have spoken,” Warfield stated.
“The younger individuals of Eire have spoken in numbers that Joe Duffy may by no means get.”
The Wolfe Tones gig was so well-liked that they used the thrill to launch a sixtieth Anniversary revival on the 3arena subsequent yr.
‘Our younger individuals know their historical past’ – Mac Lochlainn TD hits out at Wolfe Tones debate was final modified: September ninth, 2023 by