I was just reminded (you know when a thought just pops up that you haven’t thought of in years for no apparent reason) of something I’d read a long time ago. I can’t even really remember where I read it or who wrote it (though the thought has overtones of Gerald Durrell somehow).
The passage I remember talks about living in Ireland (can’t remember if Eire or NI) in the (I guess) 30s or 40s, and running for the exits at the movie theater when the national anthem played. And I never understood what that was about. Was there some tradition that violence started with the anthem? Was it the UK national anthem and if one stayed for it, that was a sign you were a loyalist and therefore subject to IRA revenge?
Any Irish Dopers know? Thanks!