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Poll: Are 'drunken' stereotypes about Irish people a problem?

Clothes depicting Irish people as drunks damage our image abroad, a councillor has said. So what do you think?

A hat sold by Urban Outfitters
A hat sold by Urban Outfitters
Image: urbanoutfitters.com

FASHION RETAILER URBAN Outfitters has come under fire for selling clothing with slogans linking Irish people to drunkenness.

The range includes a t-shirt reading “Kiss me. I’m drunk or Irish, or whatever” and an “Irish yoga” baseball cap with a person being sick.

Fine Gael councillor Naoise Ó Muirí criticised the store for promoting a “drunken Paddy” stereotype, and said the depiction of Irish people as drunks could be “very damaging” internationally as Ireland seeks to attract business.

So what do you think? Are stereotypes about Irish people and their relationship with alcohol a problem?


Poll Results:

Yes (2038)
No (1503)
I don't know (167)



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