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Limerick TDs Call On Forbes To Apologise After 'Stab City' Article Is Removed From Website

Limerick TDs Call On Forbes To Apologise After 'Stab City' Article Is Removed From Website

If you grew up in Limerick and lived to tell the tale, it turns out you are incredibly fortunate.

At least that is according to an article published by Forbes, which profiled John and Patrick Collison, the founders of the hugely successful online payments company Stripe. The Irish brothers have been receiving a lot of media attention in recent months, after Stripe was named as the most valuable startup in the US, worth a staggering $95 billion.

The Forbes piece took a very interesting view on the Collison brothers' narrative by leading with the headline "How Two Brothers Escaped 'Stab City' And Made $11 Billion". Unfortunately, the article only gets worse from there, with one of the most absurd opening paragraphs you are likely to read:

They call it "stab city". 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.

A couple of years back, a gang feud turned Limerick into a warzone. Shootings, pipe bomb attacks, and stabbings happened nightly. Some bad neighborhoods are even walled off by a dirty, graffitied 10-foot-high concrete barrier, like the Berlin Wall.

Limerick is the last place you want your kids growing up. But two brothers who went to high school there recently beat the odds. Not only did they escape "stab city" - they moved to Silicon Valley, founded one of the most disruptive companies on earth, and became two of the youngest self-made billionaires in history.

Understandably, this has provoked a strong reaction among Irish people on social media, not seen since the fantastical description of Conor McGregor's upbringing on the mean streets of Crumlin by Wright Thompson in ESPN a few years ago.


The Collison brothers themselves reacted negatively to the "daft" article on Twitter. In the ensuing flood of outrage, Forbes first removed the term 'stab city' from the headline, before later removing the article from their website. What makes this even more bizarre, is that the contributor who authored the piece is in fact Irish.

Limerick TDs including Kieran O'Donnell and Patrick O'Donovan have called on Forbes to apologise, while the reaction has caused the #LimerickAndProud hashtag to trend on Twitter, with many natives offering a more flattering and accurate depiction of what life is like in the city.



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