Ireland’s national anthem performed for the first time in Irish Sign Language

Summarized by Rachel Cain, staff writer

or the first time in history, a deaf choir publicly performed an Irish Sign Language version of Ireland’s national anthem, the “Amhrán na bhFiann / The Soldiers Song.” The performance took place in in the country’s parliament.

That day, the parliament published a report with guidelines for the use of the anthem in Irish, English, and Irish Sign Language.

Peadar Kearney wrote the lyrics to the national anthem, and his grandson, Conal Kearney, attended the event.

“I believe it was a privilege to see for the first time the Irish Sign Language version of ‘Amhrán na bhFiann / The Soldiers Song'” Kearney said. “It was a very proud and emotional moment.”

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