LEADING publisher Michael O’Doherty has apologised to the people of Limerick, after making a derogatory remark about the city in the TV3 programme Come Dine With Me.
Mr O’Doherty said he regretted his comments when contacted by the Limerick Leader, after a prominent barrister in the city called TV3, demanding that an apology be issued.
Senior counsel Brendan Nix, a barrister for over 35 years, said he “loves the programme but will never watch it again” after last week’s episode.
The contentious remark arose after Limerick model Madeline Mulqueen, star of the Rubberbandits video Horse Outside, put tomato ketchup on lobster cooked by Mr O’Doherty.
He then replied: “That’s the grossest thing I’ve seen since the last time I was in Limerick.”
Then, before serving his main course of duck, he said he was confident that duck had “reached Limerick”.
Mr Nix rang TV3 after the programme aired on Thursday night to complain, and threatened legal action if they didn’t apologise – even though a defamation case cannot be taken by a whole city.
“I’m incandescent with rage,” he said. “Incandescent is not even the word for it.”
Mr Nix said he “loves Limerick”, but is “sick of the cheap jibes” thrown at Limerick, which he feels are continually hurting the city’s reputation. “I’m sick of all the slagging and I’m not taking it any more. The people of Limerick are good, decent people. This is just one more nail in Limerick’s coffin,” he said.
Mr Nix, from Clare Street, said he was prepared to stand outside the offices of VIP magazine to call for a boycott of the publication until an apology was issued.
But Mr O’Doherty said he had no recollection of his remark – as the show was filmed last November – and said he has “no animosity” with the city. All I can do is apologise. The last thing in the world that I’d do is insult the people of Limerick, genuinely it would. It was said in the heat of the moment - I was in the kitchen for eight hours.
A full vesion of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated Monday, April 16, 2012