The Rubberbandits get seal of approval from UL society

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

The UL Debating Society has presented the auditor's medal to The Rubberbandits in a ceremony in Plassey House in UL. Pictured here is one half of the duo, Blindboy Boatclub and his friend 'Willie O'DJ. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
LIMERICK’S comedy duo The Rubberbandits have been celebrated for their “contribution to debate in Irish society” by the University of Limerick’s Debating Union.

LIMERICK’S comedy duo The Rubberbandits have been celebrated for their “contribution to debate in Irish society” by the University of Limerick’s Debating Union.

Joining the ranks of former recipients such as the late Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald and a Supreme Court judge, Blindboy Boatclub of the duo accepted the award - whilst donning a plastic bag over his head - in Plassey House in UL last week.

The debating union is the oldest society within UL, and once a year it bestows an award upon individuals whom they believe have made “an outstanding contribution to debate and discourse within Irish society”.

“The Rubberbandits’ work toward changing our social values is commendable,” said the union.

“They approach sensitive topics and societal taboos in a comical manner, such that is relatable to the younger generations. “Additionally, their work for international human rights through campaigning for the recent marriage referendum makes them more than deserving of our Auditor’s Medal,” it added.

Willie O’DJ - a disc spinning parody of deputy Willie O’Dea who tours with the duo - was on hand to congratulate his fellow Bandit Blind Boy, who said: “The reason we have got this award is because politics and discourse has got to such a state that people who are supposed to be making sense no longer make sense and the man with the bag on his head is the only person making sense.

“I believe in removing solemnity from all situations because all it does is serve pomposity.

“When you remove solemnity from a situation you can actually see the real issues and you can talk to people’s hearts without any of the bullshit,” he added.