LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits beat Coronation Street’s ‘Tram Crash’ episode and the moment the world saw the release of the Chilean Miners by winning the RTÉ Guide ‘Best TV Moment of 2010’ at Saturday’s glitzy Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin.
The plastic-bag-wearing duo, who were not in attendance at the ceremony, nabbed the award for the television premiere of their video ‘Horse Outside’ on RTÉ’s Republic of Telly programme last year. The video now has close to six million views on YouTube and easily won the public vote, which also included Mary Byrne’s first X-Factor audition in Dublin on the shortlist of nominees.
The Limerick rappers immediately alleged a bias on behalf of IFTA, who failed to play their specially recorded video acceptance speech at the event, which was broadcast live on RTÉ television on Saturday night.
While the ‘Bandits’ DJ ‘Willie O’DJ’ and ‘manager’ CoCo walked the red carpet at the event, which was attended by Pierce Brosnan, Brendan Gleeson and President Mary McAleese, the duo themselves didn’t turn up, declaring that they “don’t do awards ceremonies”. The ‘Bandits declared that RTÉ personality Marty Whelan, for whom they have a mock-dislike, managed to scupper the broadcast of their acceptance video.
“Obviously Marty Whelan has neither forgiven nor forgotten, and has some friends in very high places,” the Bandits’ told the Limerick Chronicle ominously, refusing to expand further on the comment.
The Chronicle understands that IFTA put pressure on the ‘Bandits to appear in person and also to submit an acceptance video, which sees them appear to be on the surface of the moon and thank “Marty Whelan, Brendan Gleeson, Derek Davis, UB40 and the ghost of Bob Marley” for the award.
However, after James Cotter and Peter Foote from the Republic of Telly accepted the award, just a second of the video was shown, frustrating the ‘Bandits and their legion of fans, several of whom contacted the Chronicle to complain about the snub.
The hilarious acceptance video has since had more than 17,000 views on You Tube in just over 24 hours since it was posted online.The ‘Bandits are this week gearing up to play a sold-out show in Dublin’s Tripod venue, thought to be the biggest show that a Limerick act has played in the capital, and will release their new single on February 25.