A debate around the singing of controversial chants has come at a good time, according to comedian and broadcaster Patrick Kielty.
He was speaking after the women's football team was filmed singing 'Up the RA' after their World Cup qualifier win over Scotland.
Days later a group of people were also filmed singing the chant in Dublin Airport.
Patrick told The Hard Shoulder this is part of a much wider debate.
"Even the RA aren't singing Up the RA these days, it's a very weird thing," he said.
"Even the RA are going 'Up the social housing, let's not talk about the RA'.
"In a weird way it's timely; I think that it shows you the complexities of the island.
"The idea that you have 5,000 people getting together for a Shared Island Forum just a couple of weeks ago, and then you've got this sort of taking people's attention.
"I think if people have to ask themselves questions because of this, I think it's a good thing.
"It's something that we've had to do up North for years."
'People are who they are'
Patrick said there is no point being 'pearl-clutchy' about what happened.
"I think it sort of falls very much into the idea of Three Green Fields; it's much easier to actually sing the rebel song about the united Ireland than kind of not to in order to have it.
"There's no point being pearl-clutchy about any of this - people are who they are and believe what they believe.
"It's weird the 'whataboutery' which has come out of it - what about this and what about that - I just feel that anybody can sing whatever they want, that is Orangemen and football supporters and football teams.
"Ultimately if anyone is remotely interested in a united Ireland, if you look at census results in the North, there's a huge chunk of people there in the middle which call themselves Northern Irish.
"If you're sitting in Dublin and somebody said: 'You know what lads, I think it's probably time for you to sit and think about rejoining Britain and the Commonwealth - and you had a Northern Ireland team in the dressing room singing The Sash - you'd probably go to yourself: 'Do I really want to be part of that?'
"I think it's a conversation that kind of needs to be had, and I think it's come at a timely point," he added.