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Cutting remarks Podcaster Blindboy lashes out at Forbes for calling Limerick 'Stab City'

The article, entitled ‘How Two Brothers Escaped ‘Stab City’ and Made $11 Billion’, prompted serious backlash on social media, and has since been removed from the Forbes website.

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Popular podcaster and Limerick man Blindboy Boatclub has added his voice to the chorus of outage over the description of his home town as “Stab City”. 

The renowned US business magazine Forbes magazine made the gaffe in a profile piece on Stripe founders, John and Patrick Collison, who grew up in Co Limerick.

The article, entitled ‘How Two Brothers Escaped ‘Stab City’ and Made $11 Billion’, prompted serious backlash on social media, and has since been removed from the Forbes website.

The piece read: “Many folks think Ireland is all rolling green hills and five-star golf courses. But in the middle of the Irish countryside is a city called Limerick — known as the ‘murder capital’ of Europe.”

“Limerick is the last place you want your kids growing up. But two brothers who went to high school there recently beat the odds.”

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(l-r) Patrick and John Collison of Stripe

(l-r) Patrick and John Collison of Stripe

(l-r) Patrick and John Collison of Stripe

Posting screenshots from the article this morning, Blindboy tweeted: “This wet fart that Forbes printed is why Limerick people don’t like ‘Stab City’ jokes.”

“It’s inaccurate and unfair and has a negative impact on people visiting us and how we’re perceived. Limerick is a grand place, and we’re all a bit tired of having to say it constantly.”

Patrick and John Collison have themselves condemned the piece on social media, with Patrick tweeting: “Not only mistaken about Limerick but the idea of ‘overcoming’ anything is crazy. We are who we are *because* we grew up where we did.”

John simply called the piece “daft”.

Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan has also requested an apology from Forbes and the author of the article “for the insult and hurt caused”.

The hashtag #LimerickAndProud started trending on social media in Ireland as the controversy faired.

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Other lines in the piece that caused offence include: “A couple of years back, a gang feud turned Limerick into a warzone. Shootings, pipe bomb attacks, and stabbings happened nightly. Some bad neighborhoods (sic) are even walled off by a dirty, graffited 10-foot-high concrete barrier, like the Berlin Wall.

"It’s the kind of place, as my grandfather says, “Where even the German Shepherds walk around in pairs.” Limerick is the last place you want your kids growing up."

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins, called the article "defamatory and ill-advised", while TD Kieran O'Donnell called for an apology over the "appalling" piece.

Cllr Elisa O'Donovan said she was mortified for Forbes, while linking a video showing what the city was really like, complete with "urban parks, Georgian streets and historic bridges".

Office of Public Works (OPW) minister Patrick O'Donovan, called on Forbes to retract its "work of fiction" and to visit the city, while TD Niall Collins called the piece "trash ill-informed journalism" at best.

It’s not the first time that the moniker ‘Stab City’ caused problems for those inadvisably using it.

Three years ago, Limerick TD Willie O'Dea, slammed Hollywood star Johnny Depp for referring to his home city as Stab City. Depp wrote the foreword for In The Name Of The Son, a new biography about Gerry Conlon and the reference came when describing a wild night out in Limerick.

"Our brief pit stop proved to be one of the most chaotic nights that I ever remember. Suffice to say we conquered Stab City,” wrote Depp.

O’Dea responded: "Johnny Depp is speaking from the depths of his ignorance here, talking as if Limerick is somewhere to be conquered."

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