James McClean responds to anger over ‘IRA song’

Sunderland's James McClean
Sunderland's James McClean

CONTROVERSIAL footballer James McClean has caused fresh anger among unionists after naming an apparent IRA tune as a personal favourite on Twitter.

Commenting on a forthcoming Wolfe Tones concert, the Republic of Ireland and Sunderland player singled out the song ‘Broadblackbrimmer’.

The lyircs of the song include the lines:

“A holster that’s been empty many a day... but not for long!

“And when men claim Ireland’s freedom

“The one they’ll choose to lead ‘em

“Will wear the broad black brimmer of the IRA.”

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said the song was openly ‘pro IRA’.

“Young people should be taught the folly of terrorism not encouraged about it being idealistic and patriotic.

“IRA terrorism in Northern Ireland and across the British Isles has claimed thousands of lives, I along with many victims, find McClean’s promotion of this IRA song disgusting and utterly inappropriate,” said the DUP man.

In response, McClean commented: “Accordin to gregory campbell I shouldnt be allowed to listen to wolftones ha.. someone give greg a tissue and a big hug from me #poorweeguy.” He went on to describe Mr Campbell as a “sad bitter” man.

McClean sparked outrage in November after he declined to wear a poppy of his Sunderland football top.