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It is a widely known and popular anthem for Irish sports supporters. John has stated that he wrote the words as well as the music. While peaking only at number four, it remained in the Irish charts for 72 weeks. The lyrics say the convict's crime is that he "stole Trevelyan's corn"; this is a reference to Charles Edward Trevelyan , a senior British civil servant in the administration of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in Dublin Castle.
Trevelyan famously said, "the judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson". He believed that the starving Irish could subsist on maize , a grain that they could not afford, and had little knowledge of or experience in preparing. This brought his government down - both his party and the Whigs were furious about the repeal of the Corn Laws , so Trevelyan, who believed as stated above, that the Irish needed to be punished, and was in charge of Poor Relief, stopped the maize distribution.
The song was regularly heard from on the terraces in the late s from supporters of the Galway county hurling team. The song was adopted by Republic of Ireland national football team supporters during the World Cup and subsequently by Celtic supporters in the early s. John to attend the event and speak to the crowd before the game. St John began by thanking Glasgow for looking after the famine victims, and then began to sing "Fields of Athenry", accompanied by thousands of fans.
He later described it as one of the most memorable moments of his life. The song's popularity, due in part to its use at sporting events, has helped to attract tourists to Athenry. In recognition of this, the town's officials invited Pete St. John to a civic reception and presented him with a mace and chain as a token of their appreciation. The song is also associated with the Connacht , Munster , London Irish and Ireland rugby union teams. Fans of Cork City F. It is sung regularly at home games.
During the UEFA Euro group stage game against Spain, the Irish fans started singing the song roughly 83 minutes into the game and sang for the last six minutes of regulation, as well as past the full-time whistle, knowing that they were going to be eliminated from the group as they were down by four goals and had failed to accrue the points necessary to remain in the tournament.
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Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.About “The Fields of Athenry”. The Fields of Athenry is a song originally written by Pete St. John in The song tells the story of Michael, a young man from Athenry, County Galway, who steals corn in order to feed his children during the Great Famine in Ireland.