Editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine to travel to Limerick for ’30 under 30′ event after letter from mayor on ‘stab city’ article

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THE editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine is set to visit the city of Limerick for a 30-under-30 event after receiving a letter from the city’s mayor.

The event is expected to showcase some of Limerick’s talents, and comes after an article published by Forbes described him as a “town stabbed.”

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Randall Lane of Forbes has pledged to host a 30-under-30 event in Limerick
Mayor Collins said Forbes will be "spoiled for choice" with the talent of Limerick

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Mayor Collins said Forbes would be “spoiled for choice” with Limerick’s talent
The article recounted the rise of brothers John and Patrick Collison to Silicon Valley success

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The article recounted the rise of brothers John and Patrick Collison to Silicon Valley successCredit: Getty – Contributor

The article, published last week and later removed from the Forbes website, described the success of tech billionaire brothers John and Patrick Collison.

The article said the couple had “escaped” Limerick, which has been described as a “stabbed town”, prompting backlash online and from the brothers.

The article also described Limerick as a “war zone” and claimed that “shootings, bomb attacks and stabbing” were common there.

MAYOR’S CALL

Limerick Mayor Michael Collins also denounced the article and said it was “such an insult to our beautiful, vibrant, successful and positive city”.

He said: “Well done to all the proud people of Limerick for standing up against gutter journalism,” and then welcomed the article’s removal from the website.

Mayor Collins then wrote to Forbes magazine editor Randall Lane expressing his concerns about the article and invited Lane to visit Limerick.

The editor responded quickly and accepted the mayor’s invitation.

30 UNDER 30 YEARS

Lane pledged to host a Forbes “30 under 30” rally for young entrepreneurs in Limerick and said the event would be covered on Forbes global platforms – reaching a monthly audience of around 200 million people.

Mayor Collins said Forbes would be “spoiled for choice” with Limerick’s talent.

Mayor Collins said: “This is a creative solution and a positive opportunity that Randall Lane, editor-in-chief of Forbes, has presented so that a global audience can see the talent that Limerick has incubated.

“In a city where over 50% of the population is under 35, I think Forbes will be spoiled for choice with some of the brightest minds and talents emerging here.

“And I can’t wait for the story of Limerick’s creative and daring young minds to be presented to the world at a time when it is sure to be.”

He added, “We now have the opportunity to tap a global audience of over 200 million people to tell this beautiful Limerick story and I look forward to our marketing and communications team working with Forbes to bring Limerick’s innovation, entrepreneurship and talent to the world.


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