Monday 23 September 2019

US comedian- who attended All-Ireland Final - to stop making Irish videos following online abuse


US comedian Josh Pray in Croke Park last weekend Photo: Sportsfile
US comedian Josh Pray in Croke Park last weekend Photo: Sportsfile

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

US VIRAL comedian Josh Pray says he will no longer make Irish-themed videos after receiving online abuse for attending the All-Ireland final.

The social media star, who has two million followers on Facebook, accumulated a large Irish following after posting videos of his incredulous reaction to watching hurling, Gaelic football and camogie, throughout the championship season.

As a result of this, he was invited by Tourism Ireland and the GAA to last weekend's All Ireland final clash between five-in-a-row chasing Dublin and the Kingdom of Kerry.

Read more here: Viral US comedian Josh Pray experiences GAA atmosphere in the flesh in Croke Park

He also compiled a video about why to travel to Ireland which received over 700,000 views, mostly from an American audience.

Pray received some negative responses online - with some hitting out at the comedian being handed a ticket for a match that was on such high demand.

The comedian took to Facebook yesterday to reveal that due to the negativity, he would not be making videos based on Ireland for some time.

"Due to the negative nature of some messages that I’ve gotten from some Ireland based individuals whom think I should let Irish bred folks commentate Irish sports, I will refrain from posting about the Irish culture for a few weeks," he said.

He added: "There you go lads, have at it."

The viral star's post received thousands of comments, with the vast majority his Irish fans apologising for the minority.

He has since returned to making videos, his latest including reviews of the new Iphone 11, MMA training and K Pop.

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