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Polanski supporters overshadow Listowel

Support for a convicted sex attacker has prompted outrage, but, as Carol Hunt points out, some Hollywood stars have gone further

Published 03/01/2010 | 05:00

IT'S been comforting for us townies recently to be able to point the finger at the beleaguered people of Listowel and sneer, "Gombeens."

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The scenes in court where around 50 people lined up to commiserate with Danny Foley, who had just been convicted of sexual assault, demonstrated all that is rotten in small-town Ireland, so we said.

In the media, on blogs, Twitter and other networking sites, there has been a rush by us sophisticated urbanites to excoriate the self-proclaimed "supporters" of a convicted sex offender as backward, insensitive and much, much worse. Even better, we could pounce on the fact that there was a silly Catholic priest involved -- who had earlier declared in a character statement that poor Dan Foley had the "highest respect for women" and that there wasn't "an abusive bone in his body".

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