Dublin need a great All-Ireland fan song and want your help

Mayo fans are certainly producing the quantity but The Dubs faithful are capable of uncorking the quality.

A Dublin supporter gets a 16-year wait (and his top) off his chest in 2011.
A Dublin supporter gets a 16-year wait (and his top) off his chest in 2011.
Image: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

THE IRISH GOVERNMENT should recruit the bright sparks behind the Mayo for Sam campaign that has been running like a dream all summer and autumn long.

What began at the Irish Corner on the Alpe d’Huez climb at the Tour de France has taken in trips to Machu Picchu in Peru and the ocean floor. Sports stars Andy Reid, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Gavin Duffy have lent their voice to the campaign and Roscommon actor Chris O’Dowd has proudly displayed the t-shirt.

Then there are the songs… the wonderful, crazy, zany, bedroom-produced, acoustic guitar driven ditties. At last count, there are at least eight Mayo for Sam songs knocking about and many more are in production this week. will feature some of the best Mayo songs in the lead-up to the All-Ireland football final, on Sunday, but this is our call to arms to all Dublin fans out there. Musical talent or not, the Boys in Blue need a song.

Here are some helpful tips to recording the classic ‘Dublin for Sam’ tune…

Find a soundproof(ish) bedroom

Some lads are trying to sleep next door.


Track down an acoustic guitar

imageAsk Damo is you can borrow it when he’s finished singing Negative Vibes. INPHO/Donall Farmer

What rhymes with Croker?

Bram Stoker, that’s what! Nice effort from Ray O’Brien.

YouTube credit: Ray o’Brien

Handy phrases

Boys in Blue, Heffo’s Army, ‘Boom, Boom, Boom’, Molly Malone, The Big Tree, Hill 16 is Dublin only and True Blue.

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Make sure to get it recorded

imageAs Macklemore would tell you, it’s all about the music video these days. INPHO/James Crombie

Wear the jersey with pride

The older, the better. If you can fish out a 1983 All-Ireland winning classic, the street cred. will immediately rocket.


Fits like a glove. INPHO/Billy Stickland

*Send your best songs along to or tweet us @thescore_ie and we will feature the best entries.

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