Ireland and Europe: an odd couple (in songs)

On Friday all eyes will be on Ireland who is set to vote for the second time on the Lisbon Treaty. A second rejection could paralyse the European Union or lead to a radical change in its very nature. For instance there could be different circles of involvement in EU affairs for every country (it’d be a mess).
Recent polls give reasons to be optimistic and I had to smile when I watched this interview of Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche, the moment he compares this referendum to his proposal to his wife: “I had to ask her several times to marry me before she decided that she would marry me and I’m very pleased I persisted.”
Ireland and Europe have been an odd couple for years but many agree that Ireland’s Economic Miracle between 95 and 2007 has something to do with Ireland being part of the European Union. How about sport? Ireland exported a few gems from Roy Keane and Keith Wood to the UK or Tony Cascarino to France. An Italian coach took over the national team and Ireland’s still undefeated in the qualifying round of the FIFA World Cup 2010.
But to me – the best examples of Ireland-Europe cooperation are to be found in music. Here’s a Top 5.
5.  Ireland + France – Neil Hannon meets Air (Between waking and sleeping)
4. Ireland + Germany – Róisín Murphy meets the town of Cologne (I absolutely love this song [The truth]- the tight white pullover even more)
3.  Ireland + France – Perry Blake meets Emilie Simon (Graine d’étoiles)
2. Ireland + France again – Boyzone meets Alliage (Te garder près de moi)
(If you can’t joke on your own blog)
1. Ireland + Italy – U2 meets Pavarotti (Miss Sarajevo – gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it)

On Friday all eyes will be on Ireland who is set to vote for the second time on the Lisbon Treaty. A second rejection could paralyse the European Union or lead to a radical change in its very nature. For instance there could be different circles of involvement in EU affairs for every country (it’d be a mess).

Recent polls give reasons to be optimistic and I had to smile when I watched this interview of Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche, the moment he compares this referendum to his proposal to his wife: “I had to ask her several times to marry me before she decided that she would marry me and I’m very pleased I persisted.”

Ireland and Europe have been an odd couple for years but many agree that Ireland’s Economic Miracle between 95 and 2007 has something to do with Ireland being part of the European Union. How about sport? Ireland exported a few gems from Roy Keane and Keith Wood to the UK or Tony Cascarino to France. An Italian coach took over the national team and Ireland’s still undefeated in the qualifying round of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

But to me – the best examples of Ireland-Europe cooperation are to be found in music. Here’s a Top 5.

5.  Ireland + France – Neil Hannon meets Air (Between waking and sleeping)

4. Ireland + Germany – Róisín Murphy meets the town of Cologne (I absolutely love this song [The truth]- the tight white top even more)

3.  Ireland + France – Perry Blake meets Emilie Simon (Graine d’étoiles)

2. Ireland + France again – Boyzone meets Alliage (Te garder près de moi)

(If you can’t joke on your own blog)

1. Ireland + Italy – U2 meets Pavarotti (Miss Sarajevo – just fucking brilliant)

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