JP MCMANUS expected to officially open the refurbished Muintir na Tire Hall in Murroe and say a few words, but he got more than he bargained for.
After being at Navan Racecourse, JP McManus accompanied by the man of the moment - AP McCoy - entered the hall. Welcomed by Leas Cathaoirleach John Egan they shook hands with everyone, signed autographs and posed for photos.
After Mr McManus officially cut the tape in the hall he was thanked for his “generous donation” towards the work.
The speeches followed but Mr McManus got a surprise when chairman of Murroe Community Council, Fr Simon Sleeman, said it was time for the world premiere of a song for JP.
“He has know idea what is coming. It was written and composed by the Abbot of Glenstal, Patrick Hederman at relatively short notice. There is a chorus and we expect you all to join in,” said Fr Simon.
This certainly wasn’t music to the ears of the notoriously modest multi-millionaire as Sean Hogg and Paddy O’Connor took the stage with their guitars.
A video on www.limerickleader.ie tells the story with everyone joining in with the chorus of “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, he is always one of us”.
Lyrics include: “He beat Tiger and won the Dunhill Cup” and “His number one is hurling and Limerick beating Tipp is his antihistamine”.
His Grand National winning horse Don’t Push It gets a mention as does the great Istabraq.
“Philanthropy in Limerick has a second name - JP, Lisnagry and Milford have enjoyed his spending spree. Scholarships for hundreds at the University and the list goes on and on,” is another lyric.
AP McCoy riding his 4,000 winner “filled us full of joy” and a big cheer went up for “JP is the real McCoy”. After the song finished to sustained applause, Mr McManus joked that he was glad he didn’t bring his wife Noreen as “she would give me Glory!”
During his speech he recalled coming to Murroe with his dad when he was a young boy and stressed the importance of community spirit.
“I’m honoured to be here tonight and I’d like to thank AP for coming with me, and as for that Fr Hederman when I get my hands on him!” joked Mr McManus to a cheering hall.
See www.limerickleader.ie for full video