Tuesday 13 September 2022

With Heart And Voice To Sing

I knew that they would sing both verses of God Save The King in Belfast. I would not like to suggest that people tried too hard when they had something to prove. They got the words wrong, but I expect that everyone now will.

There was nothing novel about that Protestant use of Irish. There were of course Protestants in Ireland before the Plantation. Nor were they all Anglo-Irish. The Book of Common Prayer was first translated into Irish in 1606, and the 1662 edition was translated in 1712. That must have been for somebody's use. Arlene Foster's maiden name was Kelly.