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Canuckistan 11 July 2008 03:04 PM

Irish decency league founder dies after seeing sex on TV?
 
I got this from my calendar called More Of The Dumbest Things Ever Said Or Done. It was the July 8 entry:

Quote:

Joseph Murray, who founded the Irish League of Decency to censor anything sexy on television, died from a heart attack after watching the first-ever nude scene on Irish TV.
This just seems too good to be true, and my Google searches reveal nothing. Was this a joke that has since been retold as fact? Anyone know anything about this?

Skeptic 11 July 2008 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Canuckistan (Post 674346)
I got this from my calendar called More Of The Dumbest Things Ever Said Or Done. It was the July 8 entry:



This just seems too good to be true, and my Google searches reveal nothing. Was this a joke that has since been retold as fact? Anyone know anything about this?

After 25 years in Ireland, this is my first time hearing of such an organisation. Still can't find anything to back up the claim.

Grendel 11 July 2008 08:28 PM

I got this:

Quote:

The Spike This 1978 ten-parter set in a tough secondary school was effortlessly funny. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be. The briefest glimpse of naked flesh in episode 5 outraged the chairman of the League Of Decency, who suffered a heart attack while making angry phonecalls to newspapers. The Spike's producer bizarrely claimed the intent had been "to examine the attitude of pupils and staff to nudity".
Google Books also has a page from a book called Culture And Customs Of Ireland that makes reference to the incident, with a footnote, no less!

Ali Infree 11 July 2008 08:38 PM

According to your link, the person who had a heart attack, survived, unlike the story.

Ali "print the legend, let snopes sort it out" Infree

Floater 14 July 2008 10:58 AM

Another good story coming to a dead end.

Dr. Winston O'Boogie 14 July 2008 06:37 PM

Please notice that it doesn't say that he had the heart attack immediately; if he had a heart attack 5 years later, it's still "after watching...."

I thought it was going to be something jucier, like they found Debbie Does Dallas in his VCR.

An Gadaí 22 February 2009 11:15 AM

The Magill Magazine (Irish current affairs magazine) archive has an article from 1978 about Joseph Murray's death.

"THE DEATH OF J. B. Murray P.C. last month from a surfeit of Spikery has left the Irish ultra-right without its guiding star."


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