Limerick model claims she was ‘punched in the face’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

THE model who shot to fame in the Rubberbandits’ Horse Outside video has revealed that she was “punched in the face” by a man after she rejected him in Limerick city on St Stephen’s night.

THE model who shot to fame in the Rubberbandits’ Horse Outside video has revealed that she was “punched in the face” by a man after she rejected him in Limerick city on St Stephen’s night.

Madeline Mulqueen took to her Twitter account in the early hours of Thursday morning to report the incident.

The Kildimo native who is now based in Dublin tweeted “That’s Limerick City when u reject a boy and then he punches you in the face. Hahaha can’t wait to get back to Dublin!!!”

In reply to tweets from concerned followers, Madeline said: “I’m ok, I hit him harder than he hit me #girlpower.”

The model, who became an overnight YouTube success thanks to her portrayal of a brassy bridesmaid in the‘Horse Outside’ video said she believed the man had added her as a friend on Facebook, and that she left him a “nice happy Xmas mail”.

“You’re a very lucky guy today,” the mail read. “The guards saw you run away like a coward and I told them to leave you off cos that’s exactly what you are, but they know who you are. The fact you can hit someone, not to mind a girl is the most disgusting trait in a human being. I was being more than polite to you and when things didn’t go your way you hit me in the face. Well, I hope your jaw is just as sore as mine today cos you should never underestimate a girl’s strength you bully. Happy Christmas! x”.

The tweet linking to the Facebook post has since been deleted and it appears that Ms Mulqeen’s Twitter account @MadelineMul has also been deactivated.

Prior to closing her account, Ms Mulqueen posted a number of tweets conveying her desire to return to Dublin as soon as possible.

“Anyone driving from limerick to dub today! I want company n just wanna be at home in my own bed #sadandsore”

In response to people criticising her for “hitting him back”, Ms Mulqeen defended her actions.

“So ppl r saying I’m in the wrong for hittin him back...Yes hitting ppl is a disgusting trait but not when ur trying to defend urself. I’m far from a violent person, I love my home town Limerick, this can happen anywhere, not just Limerick”.

The incident is the latest in a litany of misfortunes for the Limerick star. On Christmas Day last year she dislocated her ankle in an accident involving, ironically enough, a horse.

In April she hit the headlines as a result of her appearance on the TV3 show Come Dine with Me when she said she put tomato ketchup on a lobster cooked by magazine publisher Michael O’Doherty.

He then responded by saying: “That’s the grossest thing I’ve seen since the last time I was in Limerick”.

In mid September, the glamorous socialite was rushed to hospital in Limerick with “tortuous” stomach pains and later had to have her appendix removed.

In late September Ms Mulqueen was left nursing a sore jaw after a fellow customer in a fast food restaurant punched her in the face. The 22-year-old told the Leader that she was hit while standing in the queue at McDonald’s on Grafton Street in Dublin.

When contacted by the Limerick Leader, a garda spokesman said they were unaware of the alleged incident.