"Roll out the AstraZeneca all across the nationwide!"
Irish man Eamonn Macdonncha and his two sons have gone viral in recent days after sharing their performance of their (decidedly Irish) original tune "Roll out the AstraZeneca" on Facebook.
The video, which was shared on Macdonncha's wife Patricia's Facebook page on March 24, has been shared more than 3.3 thousand times, liked more than 2 thousand times, and has gotten more than 200 comments.
In it, Macdonncha is accompanied on vocals by his sons Ciarán, 10, who also shows off his flute skills, and the more camera-shy Cóilín, 7.
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Macdonncha told IrishCentral that his song was "getting a great reaction the country over," and added that "the sooner we're all vaccinated the better."
The nearly-six-minute video pokes fun at everyone from Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, to Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster, and, yes, even the Queen of England and Meghan Markle.
The utterly catchy refrain, which we're sure will be belted out in Irish pubs in the hopefully not too distant future, goes: "Roll away, oh roll away! Roll out the AstraZeneca all across the nationwide."
Speaking with his local Meath Chronicle, Macdonncha said: “I was watching the news two or three evenings ago and heard the term Astra Zeneca and there is an Irish ballad called Salonika and I thought you could do a great skit on that one changing the words but using the same air.
“Salonika is a Cork song from the first World War. It’s about the Irish soldiers who went over to fight in the war and there were arguments in the city about who stayed at home and fought the British soldiers and who went to fight in the war.
“I thought I’d have some fun rewriting the song and give people a laugh and make them smile."
While it's no doubt a catchy tune, Macdonncha's tongue-in-cheek lyrics are bringing smiles to people who are by and large fed up with Ireland's lockdowns.
Here are a few notable lines from Macdonncha's "Roll out the Astra Zeneca:"
Oh, lockdown nearly broke us
it’s brought us to our knees,
thank god for Arthur Guinness
and for the PUPs
Oh when will the public houses
ever open the door?
At the rate of vaccination,
it'll be 2024
Well Varadkar got the vaccine
just earlier in the week.
He had it only in his arm
and the thing began to leak!
Well they gave it to Arlene Foster
and it drove her half insane,
she claims she's got some Fenian blood
and she wants to join Sinn Féin
There's no one in the restaurants
and there's no one in the pubs,
and there's not a team in Ireland
that can stop the bloody Dubs!
When they jabbed the Queen of England
it created quite a spark,
they gave none to Meghan Markle
saying her skin was way too dark
Bravo to Eamonn, Ciarán, and Cóilín!
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