Jim Small | September 12, 2019
Two University of Notre Dame seniors will premiere a new song celebrating the spirit of the Fighting Irish at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 13) at the Eck Visitors Center.
“The Fighting Irish (of Notre Dame y’all)” was composed by Jorge “Jay” Rivera-Herrans, a student from Dorado, Puerto Rico. He and classmate Teagen Earley from Wheaton, IL will perform the song live at the Alumni Association’s Football Fridays event.
Rivera-Herrans, a film, television and theater major who wrote the play "Stupid Humans," was commissioned last fall to write a song that tells how Notre Dame adopted the nickname Fighting Irish. He created the lyrics and music, and he and Earley combine on the vocals.
Immediately following their performance, Rivera-Herrans and Earley will sign CDs of the single at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. They will also perform the song during the Notre Dame Pep Rally on South Quad beginning at 6 p.m.
The new song honors the history of how the Notre Dame community embraced the “Fighting Irish” label, originally intended as a slur, and today wears it as a badge of honor.
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