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Dawn Porter embraces Irish 'culture' ahead of her wedding to Chris O’Dowd

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The Urban outfitters tee - not in sale in Ireland.

The Urban outfitters tee - not in sale in Ireland.

Irish American lobby has written to Urban Outiffters to oppose the sale of the merchandise.

Irish American lobby has written to Urban Outiffters to oppose the sale of the merchandise.

The cap depicts a man vomiting and is accompanied by the slogan 'Irish Yoga: Downward facing upchuck.'

The cap depicts a man vomiting and is accompanied by the slogan 'Irish Yoga: Downward facing upchuck.'

Chris and Dawn are frequent visitors to Dublin.

Chris and Dawn are frequent visitors to Dublin.

Chris O'Dowd and Dawn at the IFTA's in Dublin

Chris O'Dowd and Dawn at the IFTA's in Dublin

Dawn tweeted a pic shortly after O'Dowd proposed at Christmas.

Dawn tweeted a pic shortly after O'Dowd proposed at Christmas.

Dawn shows off her emerald engagement ring. The couple plan to marry later in the year.

Dawn shows off her emerald engagement ring. The couple plan to marry later in the year.

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HE went down on one knee at Christmas to propose, and it seems the TV journalist is doing all she can to impress the in-laws ahead of her nuptials to the Bridesmaids star.

O’Dowd tweeted the photo of his fiancée last night wearing a slogan tee-shirt - ‘I’m a f***ing Leprachaun’ with O'Dowd tweeting: ‘Look what I came home to.’



Dawn bought the tee shirt from Urban Outfitters, who are carrying a range of controversial Irish slogan merchandise in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. The tee shirts have been targeted by Irish American interests for their perceived racial steryotyping with slogans including: 'Kiss Me, I'm drunk, or Irish, or whatever' and 'Irish Yoga: Downward facing upchuck,’ with the drawing of a man vomiting, depicted on a baseball cap.



Urban Outfitters is known for carrying kitch and ironic fashion lines in its 140 stores throughout the world. Although the chain has been heavily criticised in the US where it is claimed Urban Outfitters are fuelling sterotypes of Irish people as drunks with their latest tee-shirt line.





However one commentator on a website posted: 'The slogans on the t shirts wouldn't offend Irish people but the Leprechaun association with Ireland p***es everyone off.The only time we see leprechauns in Ireland are when the Americans come over here dressed like one.'

In New York members of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs have written to Urban Outfitters' CEO expressing their upset at the depiction of the Irish through these teeshirts.



The shop’s Dublin branch in Temple Bar does not carry any of the merchandise with Irish slogans and neither do the teeshirts appear on the online shopping site for Ireland.



Even though Chris O’Dowd proposed to Dawn Porter in the traditional manner, – the Roscommon star of Bridesmaids got down on bended knee and tweeted Dawn’s reaction – it looks as if their marriage will be a more relaxed affair.

“It really won’t be a fairytale wedding as I’m not very bridey, and in fact every time someone talks about a traditional wedding, I feel sick and start recoiling,” Dawn has said.

The presenter and comedian added: “The dress won’t be white or a big gown. I’ve trawled through all the wedding dress magazines and I didn’t like the ones that looked like that.” The couple plan their big day towards the end of the year.