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CAVANAGH SONG CAN HELP TYRONE BE TOP OF THE POPS

SUPPORTERS of Sean Cavanagh will add a new song to their repertoire of sideline chants during Tyrone's semi-final clash on Sunday. Comedian Conor Grimes's alter ego, lovable yokel Datsun Donaghy, has released a new musical tribute to the midfielder who has been the subject of a storm of controversy last week. The Tyrone faithful have had a week to practice the song. Cavanagh's enthusiastic performance in the quarter-final unleashed a torrent of criticism, spearheaded by fiery Derry legend Joe Brolly. The commentator claimed to be stunned by the Red Hand favourite's rugby-style tackle on Monaghan man Conor McManus during the Tyrone win earlier this month. Brolly branded the interception "absolutely disgraceful" and further criticism for the side has come from sections of the Dublin press.

Grimes has appropriated the tune of Simon and Garfunkel classic The Boxer to create an ode to Cavanagh in a response following his "disgust" at Brolly's comments and the coverage in the "southern media". Cavanagh's name is used in place of the famous "li-la-li" refrain. Backing vocals for the sentimental ditty are provided by his sister-in-law Cecilia Eskerod, a Swedish singer who happened to be in the county on holiday. It has gained 18,214 views on YouTube, but just 45 'likes' and three "dislikes" by way of review. Money raised from the song is to go towards a fundraising campaign for a new football field for St Patrick's Primary School in Grimes's native Donaghmore.

Bimpe Archer

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