Rocky Road to Poland – Ireland’s official song for Euro 2012

Ireland’s official song for the Euro 2012 football tournament has been recorded and features some of the biggest names in Irish music.

The classic 19th century folk song, the Rocky Road to Dublin, has been given a 2012 revamp by the Coronas, the Dubliners and radio star, Ray D’Arcy to support the football team in Poland and Ukraine.

It is called Rocky Road to Poland and displays a rousing support of the Irish team and their Italian manager, Giovanni Trapattoni

It urges Irish football fans to “get behind the team ” and it’s not lacking in confidence with lines like “you’ll never beat the Irish” and “we can win the trophy.”

Here are the updated lyrics so you can learn them before Ireland’s first game against Croatia on 10th June:

Twas in the merry month of June,

from our home we started,

Left old Eireann’s Isle, to Poland we departed,

Hope within our hearts, we can win the trophy,

We are all a part of Trappatoni’s army,

Get behind the team, hear the Irish scream,

C’mon you boys in green,

Ireland’s bouncing back again,

We have got our Trap, the cat is in the sack,

We’ll not forget you Jack, On the rocky road to Poland.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five,

Irish eyes are smiling,

Let your voices ring

Trappatoni’s army,

Everybody sing.

You’ll never beat the Irish x 4

Make your mother proud, inflate your plastic hammer,

Bate your bodhrán loud and learn your Polish grammar,

Credit Union loan, sold the Opel Corsa,

Hired a camper van, picked it up in Warsaw,

Been so close before, hopes slammed in the door,

Now we’re back for more, we can win the battle,

C’mon you boys in green, never have we seen,

Such a fearless team, on the rocky road to Poland.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five,

Irish eyes are smiling,

Let your voices ring

Trappatoni’s army,

Everybody sing.

You’ll never beat the Irish x 4

Ireland Abú. We love.

Hopefully it will inspire the lads throughout the tournament and who knows, they may even bring back the trophy!

The video ends with a tribute to the Dubliners’ Barney McKenna who died earlier this month.

The profits from the song will be donated to the John Giles Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.

Written by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling.
His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
You can follow him on Twitter and

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys. You can follow him on Twitter and

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