A MEETING of minds between three of Limerick’s most diverse characters is set to make for gripping television this St Stephen’s Day.
After eviscerating Joe Duffy live on radio early in their careers, the Rubberbandits are set to face off against the most cantankerous man on television - Limerick’s own Vincent Browne.
The Bandits feature in a special to be broadcast on TV3 at 11pm tonight, along with broadcaster Tom McGurk, former minister Mary O’Rourke and other guests for the programme, which was filmed in Dublin late last week.
Photographs from the show’s taping show a clearly bemused ‘Mammy’ O’Rourke seated on the couch next to the Limerick plastic bag wearing rappers, who appear to have brought their own refreshments for the occasion.
Broadford journalist Vincent Browne is well used to strange twosomes appearing on his show after interviewing Jedward last year, but will have met his match with the keen of mind Rubberbandits, fond as they are of quoting German philosopher Nietzsche and peppering their speech with obscure cultural references.
A producer on the show said that “the lads were great craic and got on very well with Vincent”.
“The guests are all on at the same time for the duration of the show and topics ranged from Mary’s book, funny political moments of the year, the most charismatic taoiseach, the dress code in the Dail and the Rubberbandits’ own music,” added Lydia Murphy.
A source close to the Bandits said the duo had been firm friends with the veteran broadcaster for years, but could not possibly offer a comment on “rumours that Vincent Browne was a ghostwriter of most of the Rubberbandits’ material”.