ESPN’s portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland

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In his longform article on the UFC star Conor McGregor’s roots in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, ESPN’s Wright Thompson paints a grim picture of the city. Drug dealers hang out on street corners. Bodies pile up as gangs fight for turf. Beatings are administered merely for being on the wrong street at the wrong time, and young lovers are afraid to walk the streets for fear of straying into the wrong territory.

It’s a chilling and evocative portrait from a very fine writer. The only problem is that Dublin’s actual inhabitants don’t appear to recognise the city in question.

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