It may have been 24 years since Joxer followed Ireland on the last European Football Championship adventure, but now Trapattoni’s army can play to a different beat thanks to a song penned by four Irish emigrants living in Melbourne.
The song 24 years (We’re Going To Win The Euros) by The Artistic Differences — better known as Kenneth Downie from Carrick-On-Suir in Waterford, Niall Kenny from Ballyragget in Kilkenny, Jack McCarthy from Dublin and Ian Tilson from Waterford — was written by the foursome after Ireland’s Euro 2012 play-offs.
The song, which sings the Irish football team’s praises to the tune of Smokie’s “Living Next Door to Alice”, already has more than 11,000 views on YouTube and has been played on Ian Dempsey’s radio show on Today FM.
However one of the writers, Kenneth Downie who lives in St Kilda, Victoria, said the group is made up of four huge soccer fans who just wanted to make a song for Ireland supporters to sing at the pub during matches.
“Ian and myself were out after the first play-offs, and Ian started singing Living Next Door to Alice. When he got to the chorus I realized that it had also been 24 years since Ireland were in the Euros, and it just took off from there.
“For the next few days we started emailing each other and the two other lads some different lyrics that we could use, then we got together and recorded it on a laptop. We never expected the song to be as popular as it is, but we are delighted. I am from a small town and it has gotten a bit of airplay on the radio station there.”
Mr Downie, who has been living in Australia for the past three years, said they would love to have been at home to watch Ireland beating Estonia earlier this month.
“We would all love to have been back home watching the match in our local pubs because there would have been a great buzz off it. But we still follow all the matches over here, we all don our green clothing whenever Ireland are playing and we are glued to the screen watching them, and now we have our own song to sing as well.”
The group have also been in contact with the Irish Cancer Society to discuss the possibility of releasing the song as a single for charity.
Mr Downie added that some of the Irish squad and celebrities have even started to take notice of the song and link to it through their Twitter accounts.
“Noel Hunt and Matt Holland have both tweeted the link to the song for us, and even Dustin The Turkey gave it a mention.
“We will donate any proceeds from the single to charity for sure, but if Michael O’Leary wanted to sponsor us for flights to the next match, we wouldn’t say no!”