by Gareth Cross

The video of a popular Derry band performing their 1994 World Cup song for Ireland has resurfaced.

Against the Grain's 'On the Ball' was recently posted on the Peadar O'Donnell's Facebook page.

The pub features in the video as do a host of well known figures from the North including Gerry Kelly, Sean Coyle and May McFettridge.

Derry City FC's Brandywell Stadium also features.

Against the Grain were a trad-rock band made up of lead singer Niall Coyle (father of Girls Aloud's Nadine), Gabby Fitzgerald on pipes, Paul McIntyre on mandolin, John McCloskey on leader guitar, Eamonn Karran on keyboard and Mickey McGuinness on drums.

The band changed their name to The Squealing Pigs in 1996.

Mickey McGuinness said that Eamonn recently rediscovered the video when clearing out his loft.

"The video has never really been seen by the public," said Mickey.

"It only resurfaced because Eamonn was clearing out his loft and converted the footage and posted it to Facebook.

Mickey explained how the video came about.

"We got to number two in Ireland with the song," he said.

"In those days the top 10 videos in the charts were shown on RTE on a Sunday morning so we were contacted by RTE and they said they needed a video.

"They came to Derry to shoot it and we enlisted some local celebrities including Sean Coyle from the BBC, Gerry Kelly from UTV and May McFettridge.

"Jimmy McCartney was an assistant manager of Derry City at the time and he lent us all the club's shirts for the video. It was produced by Shay Healy."

The band were fighting it out with the Irish squad themselves for supremacy in the Irish charts.

"We were at number two and the official anthem with the Irish squad was at number one," Mickey said.

"It was a great time for the band, after the song was successful we started to earn abit more and toured the whole of Ireland.

"It was a big break for us at the time."

Mickey said he was glad the video had come to light to give local people the chance to see it.

"The only time people would have seen the video would have been if they were watching RTE that Sunday morning," he said.

"I'm glad to see people are enjoying it after all these years."

The video can be viewed below:

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