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Tv3 Celebrity Come Dine with me......................Pippa O Connor,Shane Byrne ,Madeline Mulqueen,Michael O Doherty and Holly SweeneyPicture :Brian McEvoy/Tv3

Tv3 Celebrity Come Dine with me......................Pippa O Connor,Shane Byrne ,Madeline Mulqueen,Michael O Doherty and Holly SweeneyPicture :Brian McEvoy/Tv3

Barrister Brendan Nix was angered by a comment about Limerick made by Michael O'Doherty, pictured here with Madeline Mulqueen on the TV3 show

Barrister Brendan Nix was angered by a comment about Limerick made by Michael O'Doherty, pictured here with Madeline Mulqueen on the TV3 show

Brendan Nix

Brendan Nix

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Tv3 Celebrity Come Dine with me......................Pippa O Connor,Shane Byrne ,Madeline Mulqueen,Michael O Doherty and Holly SweeneyPicture :Brian McEvoy/Tv3

A BARRISTER has called for a boycott of TV3 until it apologises for derogatory comments made against his native city in a reality TV show.

Brendan Nix (59) -- a senior counsel with 35 years' experience -- said last week's 'Celebrity Come Dine With Me' had left him "incandescent with rage".

In the show, magazine publisher Michael O'Doherty said a request from Limerick model Madeline Mulqueen for ketchup for her lobster was "the grossest thing I've seen since the last time I was in Limerick".

When serving a duck dinner to Ms Mulqueen, who shot to fame in the Rubberbandits 'Horse Outside' video, Mr O'Doherty said he was confident that he was okay with his choice of main course as "I think duck has reached Limerick".

Mr Nix -- who is from Clare Street, Limerick -- said he was "calling for a total boycott of TV3 by all advertisers until they apologise".

"In the event that they (advertisers) don't, we should boycott them -- every single one of them.

"There is only one language TV3 understand -- and that is in their pocket," Mr Nix said.

"I am sick and tired of this. Until they apologise and grovel and say, 'sorry we won't do this again', then let's put them off the air."

Mr Nix said he had tried to contact TV3 chief executive David McRedmond over the issue.

"I rang them three times since the show aired. I rang and was told: 'Sorry, I am only in 'Xpose', I don't have a telephone to ring anybody'," he added.

Regarding a possible legal action against TV3, Mr Nix said "let's have a check on that".

Slagging

"A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client," he said.

"Just because there are 30 pieces of human s**t giving the city a bad name -- all of the city and its people are blighted. Everyone wants to kick Limerick and I have had enough. This is a great little city. I'm not saying it is the best in the world but people here don't deserve this," Mr Nix said.

Maureen Catterson, of TV3, said their chief executive had not received any contact from Mr Nix.

"Our legal team tried twice to ring him on Friday but could not leave a message for him," she said.

Ms Catterson described 'Celebrity Come Dine With Me' as a "tongue-in-cheek show that should not be taken so seriously".

Mr O'Doherty has apologised to the people of Limerick for his remarks.

He said: "All I can do is apologise. The last thing in the world that I'd do is insult the people of Limerick. It was said in the heat of the moment.

"Rather than just slagging Madeline off, I slagged off where she was from as well. I shouldn't have done it. I never deal in stereotypes. I have no prejudice whatsoever towards the city.

"If it came across like that I can genuinely hold my hand up and say I'm sorry.

Mr O'Doherty added that his references to Limerick were a cheap shot, after Ms Mulqueen referred to his "poncy, D4-type food".

Mr Nix said he accepted the apology, saying that Mr O'Doherty "was a bit of a twit at the time".

Irish Independent