The Artane Boys Band have been dropped from Sunday’s parade for Ireland’s favourite stage school orphans – the Billie Barry Kids.
The dispute has come into play after the Artane Band said that it won’t be changing its location to Carlow or Laois after calls from neutrals saying that Dublin were getting too good at parade walks from their training sessions every Thursday evening.
Since its inception, the band has had close connections with the GAA and the band performs on the Croke Park pitch during match days.
But the band’s general manager Keith Duffy, from Boyzone fame, told Crab McGrath that the Artane Band has no loyalties and serves only the teams playing on any given day. “We’re saddened to see the Billie Barry Kids take over but when the going gets tough, the tough get going and we’ll be back again soon,” said a visibly saddened Keith.
So many people – mainly inspired by the yearly Christmas appearances on the Late Late Toy Show – wanted to join the Billie Barry school to tap and sing their way into people’s hearts. And this Sunday, in front of the country’s biggest sporting event of the year these kids have the chance to inspire a whole new audience.
“Screw the toys, I used to wait for the Bilie Barry Kids to come out dancing, absolute quality” said an elated GAA fan from Donnybrook. “It will be a joy to watch them dancing in front of Dublin and Mayo at the head of the parade this Sunday.”
Samantha Mumba one of the Billie Barry’s most famous exploits has said “don’t want to tell you this now, but it wouldn’t be right that those kids are the luckiest in the world to be heading such an amazing event”.
The nation will be tuning to the Sunday Game for what is going to be a magnificent event.
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