Effin scandal: County Limerick village not recognised by Facebook

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

AN Effin woman has been forced to start an on-line campaign to get her native place recognised by Facebook.

AN Effin woman has been forced to start an on-line campaign to get her native place recognised by Facebook.

However, she has already hit a stumbling block - her first attempt, which contained the name of her homeplace, was branded ‘offensive’ by the social networking site.

Ann Marie Kennedy who works in UL says that she, along with several more friends, have been attempting to insert the word ‘Effin’ into the homeplace section of their Facebook sites for several months but to no avail.

She even tried to start a Facebook page entitled ‘Please get my hometown Effin recognised’ but it was blocked by the social networking site as well. “It came back with an error message saying ‘offensive’,” Ann Marie explained this week.

“I would like to be able to put Effin down on my own profile page and so would many other Effin people around the world to proudly say that they are from Effin, County Limerick but it won’t recognise that,” she said.

Ann Marie, who was born and bred in Effin and can trace her ancestors in the area back as far as 1857, even took to the airwaves this week in her quest to get her home place recognised. She told the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM about her dilemma which prompted the presenter to make his own observations about Limerick place names.

“As it goes Limerick probably has the most odd names because there is Bruff, Meanus, Hospital, Oola, and Doon is there too,” he commented.