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Tea Song – the next big hit?

Tea – the number one beverage in Ireland. We love it. We really, really do. No meal is complete without a cup of tea, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. The McGetigans are a band made up of five “completely unknown day job men” from Wicklow and Dublin, and they love tea so much that they’ve written a song about it. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish lately – maybe you’ve over done it on the tea, or maybe you haven’t had enough – whatever the reason, you really need to sit down and have a listen. It is destined to be the next Breakfast Roll song, as far as I’m concerned. But then this article is not about me, it’s about Kevin O’Brien, the lead singer of The McGetigans (or the one behind the blue cup if you’ve seen the video). He explains the inspiration behind the song, “Well, we do like a lot of tea! It’s just one of those songs, kind of phrases you say like “I wouldn’t say no to tea” or “Who’s makin’ the tea?” and then we were just in the kitchen one day and we were sayin’ how we’d be negative about most things, especially politics and stuff like that, but ye know, the only thing we wouldn’t say no to is tea, and then somehow it just came together”.

The Tea Song is fast becoming a big YouTube hit, something the band hadn’t anticipated, “We weren’t expecting that at all! We knew we liked the song, and we kind of had one verse ready and we played it, but then a week ago we sat down and did the other two versus, then we were so excited that we finished the song we just quickly recorded ourselves playing in front of two cups of tea, stuck it on the net and asked our friends to share it and it’s been doing well since then!”

The band, which consists of Kevin, John Sweeney, Barry O’Dwyer, Brian Murphy and Brendan Lawless, is still fairly new. Kevin and John, the two in the video for the Tea Song, have played together for years, but they decided to properly form a band about a year and a half ago, “We actually formed a band, started playing gigs and recording properly. Last year was great – it’s kind of slowed down now – but we released a single last year and we played loads of gigs over the summer and all, but then, ye know, we didn’t make it famous or anything so we just sort of calmed down, and then winter happened and we kind of hibernated but we’re going to start playing more gigs and stuff like that again now”.

You might wonder about the name of the band, The McGetigans. There’s not one McGetigan in the band, so where did that come from? Kevin explains, “Basically, years ago I wrote a play that I never did anything with and it was called ‘God, The Devil and The Frustration of Old Man McGettigan’, and it was basically about a character who was a perverse old man in a pub down the country, and we’re all a bit pervy generally, as McGetigans, so the first song we wrote was about McGetigan, and so we just called ourselves The McGetigans, because we’re all pervy old man on the inside.” On their website, they explain the reason for misspelling McGetiggan, “None of the men upon which the character had been based were named McGettigan. So not only did these men adopt a surname that was not their own, but it was the surname of a person who didn’t even exist. For this reason they dropped one of the T’s to distinguish themselves from those with the rightful name McGettigan.” Ah, now it all makes sense…sort of.

Getting back to the issue at hand, Kevin is a milk and no sugar kind of man. Though, the debate between Lyons and Barry’s is something he doesn’t get involved in “Ah now ye see, I’m both, but, ye know, that’s one of those things. I just think the difference between Lyons and Barry’s is, with Barry’s; you have to leave the tea bag in for about 30 seconds longer to get the same quality tea. That’d be my personal opinion on it, but ye see, we don’t want to get involved in the politics of tea.”

He’s no hippy either, he has no time for any of that herbal stuff, “But Brian in the band, he’d drink green tea alright. Ye see, if you went through us all, we’d represent quite a lot of tea. We’re not PG Tips men or any of that. It’s between Lyons, Barry’s and then the lads might have their camomile tea or whatever, I’d knock ‘em about it but, they say it’s decent”. Despite their difference of opinion, Kevin is the one who makes the most tea for everyone in the band, “that’s just cause I’m a nicer person really”.

Tea is obviously a big part of Kevin’s life, but to what extent? Exactly how much tea must a man drink to be able to sit down and write a song about it? “If I’m not busy, I could have any amount of tea in the day. The only thing that stops me drinking tea is having to do other things. So I’d say, on average, in a normal working day, I’d have at least eight cups. Then on a day where I’ve nothing to do, I could have 12 or 13 cups of tea, no bother!” He likes the odd bourbon cream to go alongside his tea, or a digestive, “You can have anything with tea. Dip chocolate fingers in tea, or it’s great with a sandwich!”

You can find The McGetigans on Facebook, or their website – but if you’ve listened to the song you’ll know that they say no to Twitter. Why so? “Well we set up a Twitter, ‘cause we were told “You should set up a Twitter!”. But then we just sat there in front of it goin’, “What do we say?” and we didn’t know what to say so we didn’t say anything. And then we stopped being on Twitter because there was no point in being on it and not saying anything.”

So there you have it, a man about tea. Check out the video, you know you want to. Go on! Ah, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on!

By Pauline Dunne

ICC Reverse World Cup Format


Ireland will be hot favourites to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup after the International Cricket Council reversed the decision to restrict the tournament to the 10 Full Member nations.

The ongoing annual conference of the ICC has backed the decision to include four Associate teams in the tournament, reverting to the traditional 14 teams – the same number of teams that participated in this year’s World Cup,where Ireland and the heroics of Kevin O`Brien stole the show.

‘The ICC Executive Board opted to retain the 14-team format that was used at the highly successful and universally acclaimed ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,’ the governing body said in a statement. 

The ICC had sparked outrage in April when they announced plans to reduce the World Cup to a 10 team tournament, a decision that would exclude all Associate nations,one of which is Ireland.However the persistence of the Irish cricket board, fellow nations and indeed the reaction of the fans has forced the ICC`s hand. 

This u-turn represents a significant boost for Ireland, who will now be strongly expected to qualify for their third consecutive World Cup, after establishing themselves as the best-performed Associate nation in recent years.

In addition to today’s decision it was also agreed that the next two World twenty20 tournaments would be reduced back to 12 teams.

‘The ICC executive board today reversed its previous decisions and approved a 14-team format for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand and a 12-team format for the ICC World Twenty20 events in 2012 (Sri Lanka) and 2014 (Bangladesh),’ the statement read.

‘The board had previously decided in October 2010 that the ICC Cricket World Cup would comprise a 10-team event and that the ICC World Twenty20 events would involve 16 teams.’

Ireland dump old enemy out of World Cup

Kevin O’Brien stunned the world of cricket at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore last night to help Ireland to an incredible World Cup victory over England by three wickets.

Four years on from knocking Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Ireland provided an even bigger shock, considering they had to chase down England’s mammoth runs total of 327 for eight on a batsman’s paradise. While Ireland`s win over Pakistan was blighted by the murder of Bob Woolmer, nothing can deny the Boys in Green from lapsing up this tremenmdous feat. 

They did it with O’Brien hitting the fastest century in World Cup history in the biggest run chase ever seen in the competition.

The pick of England’s bowlers belted to all parts of the stadium to huge cheers from both the Irish contingent of about 200 fans and the locals, who enjoy both an underdog and a big hitter.

The umpires were even forced to change the ball as one six smashed into the concrete terracing that accommodated the local fans, who danced and cheered and waved both Indian and Irish tricolours.

Kevin`s father Brendan was also in attendance to watch Ireland`s newest sporting hero and his brother Niall who was also on the team. Brendan captained Ireland during his 52 appearances, but he declared yesterday his finest hour in the game he loves.

“It’s the proudest day for me to have the two of them out there. And I suppose beating the old enemy is probably sweeter than anybody else,” he said, before recalling the broken windows suffered down the years in the O’Brien household on Gilford Road in Sandymount.

“A lot, a lot. There was a lot of test matches played in our front garden, him and Niall and their big brothers as well, but it was all worthwhile.”

 Taoiseach-elect Enda Kenny said the win would lift the nation’s spirit. “Ireland’s victory marks one of the finest days in Irish sport and my warmest congratulations go out to each and every member of the squad.”

He added: “Their supreme effort will lift the spirits of every single Irish person, no matter where they are in the world. Ireland’s performance is truly inspiring, demonstrating that, with self-belief, the apparently impossible can be made possible and that real change can occur.”