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Thread #82243   Message #1553714
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter at work
01-Sep-05 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Non-Irish singers, at least, can take comfort in the fact that "The Bonnie Bunch of Roses" is as probably as much an English and Scottish song as it is an Irish one, regardless of the nationality of the utterly unknown author.

Ulster Unionists don't have to worry about it at all.

This is probably no news to people like Malcolm and MartinRyan, but the Protestant-Catholic divide in Ulster seems to be reflected in musical preferences too. I had a student from Belfast a few years back (not at all a "militant," BTW) who told me it was only Catholics who were fans of traditional music. Protestants, like him, went for rock and C&W.