A LIMERICK couple who appeared in an RTE pilot programme have said they want to “put the show behind them”, after receiving complaints that they put the city in a negative light.
Corbally couple Tammy Meehan and Danny Azid, who is originally from the UK, have declined to comment any further on their appearance in Six In The City.
It has since emerged that they were the only Limerick couple to volunteer, according to the director Pat O’Mahony, due to people’s unwillingness to take part in a pilot. He is hoping RTE will commission a series of the programme in the new year.
From the outset, he said, people “would either love it or hate it” and he believes he was right judging by the huge - and mixed - reaction from the public.
Six in the City’ saw three couples from Limerick, Galway, and Dublin take turns to show the others an enjoyable Saturday night out in their native city.
However, on various social media sites and local radio, the programme makers have been accused of choosing people who portray each of the cities’ stereotypes.
Tammy and Danny brought the four others for dinner in Texas Steakout, then to Limerick Greyhound track, before finishing off the night with a karaoke session in Tom & Jerry’s pub on Glentworth Street.
Laura Ryan, Limerick’s Communications Office, said: “I understand why some people in Limerick feel that Six in the City wasn’t a fair representation but according to the producers, the programme wasn’t supposed to reflect the city but an individual couple’s ultimate night out. I think there is a bigger issue in the way that RTE can stereotype Limerick but criticising Tammy and Danny is not the way to deal with that.”
Gerry Purcell, owner of Tom & Jerry’s, said “if the producers rang again I’d have a few words for them” as he feels the city could have been portrayed better, and doesn’t feel the contestants were “evenly matched”. “All the contestants seemed to be enjoying themselves on the night and were having a sing-song. I don’t know the Limerick contestants. I’d never seen them in the pub before” he said.
The Limerick couple won the €1,000 prize to a destination of their choice.