Limerick's Rubberbandits break Irish download record with 'Horse Outside' hit

LIMERICK'S Rubberbandits sold 5,000 physical copies of their single Horse Outside in a matter of hours after its release last Friday, while the group also secured the biggest ever weekly sale for any download in Irish chart history with 15,000 sales.

LIMERICK'S Rubberbandits sold 5,000 physical copies of their single Horse Outside in a matter of hours after its release last Friday, while the group also secured the biggest ever weekly sale for any download in Irish chart history with 15,000 sales.

But it wasn't enough to send the Limerick comedy-rap outfit to the top of the charts, as X-Factor winner Matt Cardle had the biggest one-week sale since 2002.

Fans of the 'Bandits are being urged to go out and buy copies of the single before midnight on Wednesday this week, as they attempt to secure a Christmas number one in the Irish charts, which will be announced on Thursday.

15,000 copies of the single were ordered over the weekend after Friday's strong sales, with queues forming in HMV on Cruises Street to buy the single on Friday.

The song was back at number one in the Irish iTunes download chart this week, and was this Monday a fraction away from three million views on internet video site You Tube.

The 'Bandits appeared on last Friday's Late Late Show and played at the Munster rugby players Christmas party this Monday night and it is understood that international media from Sky News, MTV and Channel 4 have been in touch with them seeking media interviews.

The Limerick rap act were also at 130 in UK singles chart at the time of going to print.

However, all of the coverage was not positive, as Reverend Koenraad Van Guucht, chaplain of the contemplative centre in UL where the video for Horse Outside was filmed, was quoted this weekend as being "less than happy" about the use of the space, which he gave permission for, but said he "wasn't clear at the time of as to exactly the nature of filming".

Criticism was also raised in the Milford parish newsletter at the weekend objecting to the filming of the video outside Milford Church, with parishioners and members of the faith community said to be "hurt and offended by the video".

A spokesperson for the Rubberbandits said that "no-one was misled" about the intentions of the video shoot, which was carried out by an RTE crew, and that permission was given in both instances for filming.