A VIDEO of a “sex show” in a pub in Limerick city received nearly 1,000 hits on YouTube this week, before it was removed due to its sensational content.
The story, which was exclusively revealed in the Limerick Leader this Wednesday, has since garnered headlines in a number of national newspapers.
According to ratings figures, it is now officially the most popular story on the Limerick Leader website to date this year, after receiving more than 5,200 views by 4pm this Thursday.
A man, who was celebrating his 40th birthday in the bar, was treated to a stripper by friends who gathered around to watch the act.
The four-minute video, in which the semi-naked Limerickman is clearly identifiable, shows him romping on a pool-table and engaging in explicit acts with the stripper in a side-room of the bar.
Management of the pub located in Limerick city said this has never happened in the bar before and “will never take place here again”.
“The bar was busy and there was only one barman on duty at the time. Someone slipped this woman into the pool room.
“It was an unfortunate incident that happened unknownst to us and couldn’t be stopped at the time. On the CCTV footage, it’s all over and done with in about four minutes,” said the spokesman for the pub.
It is believed the woman is of Eastern European origin, according to other sources close to the bar.
The video shows the man taking off the woman’s bra, groping her breasts and lifting her up on to the pool-table, before simulating various sexual acts. His friends - including a number of females - can be heard whooping and hollering in encouragement during the session. At one stage a female is heard saying: “You have five more minutes left”. The short video was taken by another Limerickman and uploaded to the site, with others congratulating him on the site for being “a legend” and a “gas man”.
“This is the talk of Limerick. Everyone in town has it on their phones; it’s doing the rounds. It’s just a bit of a laugh. Sure they were all consenting adults,” said one man who contacted this newspaper.
The video was uploaded about a week ago, under the title ‘Must see 40-year-old strip tease turns to sex show’, and had over 820 hits by yesterday afternoon.
But at around 5pm the video was removed because its contents “violated YouTube’s terms and conditions”, it stated on the site.
Karen McHugh, the chief executive of Doras Luimni, a local support group for all migrants, branded it “unbelievable, shocking and appalling” when she saw it yesterday.
“It is very concerning that this was taken in a public place, with people standing around clapping. It is worrying that this seems to be normalising that it is OK to abuse women’s bodies.
It’s quite worrying that this seems to be a pattern of behaviour that’s become normal in Irish society,” she said.