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”.
Reassurance that it’s not ‘the real’ IRA playing in Glasgow tonight pic.twitter.com/RlRnR65Nl8
— Heather (@jagsfan1980) March 25, 2017
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.
An actual Polish band. If they split up and form separate bands, one of them should call itself ‘Real IRA’. pic.twitter.com/QA4GUXXwoP
— Ben Stanley (@BDStanley) June 1, 2016
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.
Pretty interesting name for a band playing in Dublin soon pic.twitter.com/cQcRaWbSYh
— Gib Cassidy (@GiBCaSSiDY) March 19, 2017