Here’s a sentence few would have thought they would ever hear: Willie O’Dea has taken on Johnny Depp over his comments about Limerick.
This all happened after the Hollywood actor referred to Limerick as ‘Stab City’ in a new book.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star wrote the comment in a foreward for the book, ‘In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story’, the biography of the Guilford Four member.
Writing about an alcohol-fuelled trip around Ireland, he recalled a night in Limerick in 1991 and said, “Our brief pit stop proved to be one of the most chaotic nights that I ever remember. Suffice to say we conquered Stab City.”
Fianna Fáil TD and Limerick native O’Dea challenged Depp’s use of the derogatory nickname for Limerick and has called him out on it.
In comments made to the Irish Sun, O’Dea said, “Johnny Depp is speaking from the depths of his ignorance here, talking as if Limerick is somewhere to be conquered. People think twice about libelling an individual, but you seem to be able to get away with libelling a whole city of people.”
O’Dea also spoke to the Irish Independent about the matter, saying, “Not only was Stab City the wrong designation in 1991 but in 2017 it is so out-of-date it is laughable. It’s a libel on a city.”
The Limerick TD has extended an invitation for Johnny Depp to return to the city and get a true sense of Limerick.
Only time will tell if Depp will take him up on his offer.