LIMERICK'S Rubber-bandits are to appear on Friday night's Late Late Show. The 'Bandits confirmed to the Leader that they will appear on Friday's show, where they will discuss their recent success with host Ryan Tubridy.
The comedy-rap double act - who maintain their secret identities by performing with plastic bags over their heads - brought Dublin to a standstill this Wednesday morning as they held a photo-call outside Dail Eireann for the assembled media, almost bringing the assembled photographers to blows in an attempt to secure the best picture of the duo.
The 'Bandits denied the photo-shoot was an audacious ploy to increase publicity for their attempt beat the X-Factor winner Matt Cardle to the top of the charts and secure a Christmas number one with their hilarious single 'Horse outside', and told this newspaper: "What's all the fuss? It is just a song about horses".
The Rubberbandits single goes on sale in HMV Limerick this Friday morning and is now a 4/7 favourite to scoop the prized top spot ahead of X-Factor winner Matt Cardle in the Irish charts, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.
The video for the single has racked up 1.5 million views in less than a week on You Tube.
After the duo posed with their third member, "Willie O'DJ", outside Leinster House, the former Minister of Defence and Limerick TD took to the airwaves to staunchly defend the Limerick duo on Joe Duffy's Liveline programme, rebutting accusations that they were portraying Limerick in a bad light with their video.
"This video has put Limerick on the map," stated Mr O'Dea, who is himself the subject of one of the group's other popular videos, 'Song for Willie O'Dea', which has close to three hundred thousand hits on You Tube.
"Far from it damaging the image of Limerick... I think that if it goes to number one it'll reflect well on Limerick. It's another success for Limerick.
"It's crude certainly and the language is crude, but I mean I found it hilariously funny."
The former Minister added: "I wish the lads the best and I hope it gets to number one for Christmas".
Blind Boy Boat Club of the Rubberbandits told the Leader this week that he cared little for the X-Factor or "what it was about".
"Honest to God, I've only ever seen X-Factor once, and I'm still unsure whether it was an episode of One Foot in the Grave or not," he said.