For most people adding the name of where they live on Facebook is relatively straightforward. A problem, however, arises when the place where you live is seemingly branded as offensive by the social networking site. One woman from Effin in County Limerick in the Irish Republic has so far been unable to add the village name to the 'home place' section of her Facebook profile. Ann Marie Kennedy has now started an online campaign to to get Effin recognised.

"It's a great little parish. I'd just like to put it down (on Facebook), because I'm from Effin, and so would so many Effin people around the world. I'm a proud Effin woman and I always will be an Effin woman.”

Although she recognised the pun "is funny", she said it "is not as funny as other people find it".

COMMENT: Actually it is, Ann. But good on yer, anyway.

It is believed that the town is named after Saint Effin (who is probably simply known as the Effin saint nowadays - sorry Ann).

Saint Effin is the patron saint of Tourette Syndrome sufferers.



  1. I know them, but it’s spelled Phuc.

    The little one recently caught a virus. She’s recovered now, thankfully…but she was one sick Phuc! :-X

    The Effin Irish: thems could be my peeps…

  2. You see, Dave, this is what happens when you allow people like Philip Pullman to write books about killing off God. The next thing you know, little kiddies are gunning for mythological creatures left right and centre. Today it’s Santa and his reindeers, tomorrow the tooth fairy will probably get blasted out of the sky like a grouse on the Glorious Twelfth. It’s carnage and it’s all the fault of those bloodthirsty new atheists. They should be shot, not Bambi.

  3. Mad One, I’m literally choking to death with laughter! Your photo caption is superb!!! Good thing I didn’t have a mouth full of coffee when I read it or there would have been a soaked keyboard.