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Polish band’s name causes confusion during British and Irish tour

The Polish band are currently on the road. Picture: Twitter

AN band from Poland have raised eyebrows as they embark on a tour across Britain and Ireland.

Ira are a Polish five-piece rock band whose name doesn’t carry the same connotation in their home country.

The quintet’s name comes from the Latin word for anger – Ira – and has no connection to the IRA – Irish Republican Army.

But that didn’t stop a venue in Glasgow from clarifying exactly who was playing a gig over the weekend.

Keen to ensure there wasn’t any confusion, the owners of O2 ABC advertised the band’s Saturday night slot with the straightforward caption: “POLISH BAND IRA 7pm”.

The billboard went viral after a Twitter user posted its picture with the caption: “Reassurance that it’s not ‘the real’ IRA playing in Glasgow tonight”.

The post attracted more than 1,000 likes and sparked interest in the ensemble.

The Polish IRA first formed 30 years ago in 1987 and have attracted interest over their name in the past.

In 2006, the band were forbidden from performing at the London Polish Festival due to concerns over their name.

At the time the band said they were disappointed about the decision as they had no political ambitions and no connection to the Irish Republic Army.

They are currently touring throughout Britain and Ireland and are set to play the Opium Rooms in Dublin on April 7.

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Aidan Lonergan is a Digital Reporter with The Irish Post. You can follow him on Twitter @ajlonergan

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