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Shop girl bags leading role in bandits' video

A YOUNG shop worker is already a star on YouTube thanks to her role in the new video from Limerick rappers the Rubberbandits.

Holly Pienaar is not a model and has no plans to act -- but may well be turning down offers to do both in the coming weeks.

The 23-year-old, who works in a Limerick department store, plays Roisin, the brunette beauty at the centre of tug-of-love between a Rubberbandit and his potential father-in-law.

Uploaded on to YouTube at 9am, by lunchtime 'I Wanna Fight Your Father' was all over the internet -- being tweeted every 30 seconds and shared on Facebook every one and a half minutes.

Rubberbandits launched their new single, which features a hidden track, in front of 2,000 students in Bolton Street College in Dublin. 'I Wanna Fight your Father' goes on sale in shops today.

However, yesterday the focus was on the female star of the video, who was oblivious to her new fame.

"I've been working all day so I honestly don't know anything about this. It's all news to me but I'm a huge Rubberbandits fan so ending up in one of their videos is brilliant," Holly said.

A Rubberbandits source said that Holly had been chosen because she came from Limerick and "personified the beauty of Limerick women".

But he said that Holly had no plans to step into the limelight, unlike model and fellow Limerick lady Madeline Mulqueen, who received offers from Paris and London after playing a bridesmaid in the Rubberbandits' 'Horse Outside' video, which has now achieved six million hits on YouTube.

Well-known actor Padraic Breathnach plays Roisin's father in the new promo and at one point in the melee he detaches a Rubberbandit's arm.

"Sure haven't I been arm-twisting and arm pulling all my life," Breathnach, the co-founder of arts and theatre company Macnas, joked.

"Sure wouldn't any man kill for a daughter."

Directed by Michael Kelly, the video was filmed in Limerick and Dublin.

Irish Independent