A CITY councillor wants to "trace" The Rubberbandits to ask them to be more positive about sporting Limerick after she heard the comedy duo tell a radio presenter on RTE that they "don't know nothing about rugby, kid".
Independent councillor Kathleen Leddin was not amused with Blind Boy from The Rubberbandits who told the John Murray Show that the Dublin media are biased against Limerick because "they make the assumption that we know about rugby".
The matter was raised by the North Circular Road councillor at a Sport and Culture SPC meeting at City Hall, where councillors looked ahead to 2011 when Limerick will be designated the European City of Sport.
A clearly astonished Cllr Leddin told the chamber that she had even heard that the latest single by The Rubberbandits, 'Horse Outside' "could be number one at Christmas".
"It's only all a mock," she said.
The councillor said her taste in music was not too indelicate to enjoy the lyrics of The Rubberbandits when Cllr Tom Shortt said he was disappointed that the hip hop duo "do not endear themselves to my erudite colleague and those whom she represents in the leafy suburbs".
Cllr Shortt, who is a brother of comedian Pat Shortt of D'Unbelievables fame, noted that The Rubberbandits had "made a fashion accessory out of the plastic bag", adding that his own brother had used plastic bags in his comedy routines when he tried to 'bring back the plastic bag' after the Government introduced a plastic bag levy.
"They were clearly speaking tongue-in-cheek when they said we know nothing about sport in Limerick," said Cllr Shortt. "We know so much about sport in Limerick we can exhaust the subject."
He said it was all part of their "irreverent" comedy style and said that the Rubberbandits are part of "the healthy image of Limerick".
Meanwhile, the 'bandits are on the cusp of pulling off a remarkable heist - stealing the Christmas number one from underneath the nose of X-Factor winner Matt Cardle with their superb single 'Horse Outside', which has taken Ireland by storm in a matter of days.