A SUBURB of Cork has gained global recognition in bizarre and highly amusing circumstances.
Togher might be the largest parishes in Co Louth, but it’s largely unknown outside of Ireland.
That situation has changed, however, with the arrival of a series of typo-ridden billboards all over South Africa that have drawn attention to the southside Cork suburb.
Erected by the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of elections in the region, the problem was first spotted in Nelson Mandela Bay with fans on Twitter noting a major misspelling on the sign.
Rather than featuring the ANC’s more familiar slogan of “Let’s grow South Africa together”, the signs instead read: “Let’s grow South Africa Togher”.
Posted alongside an image of the current President of South Afrcia, Cyril Ramaphosa, the mistake has since been spotted by South African YouTuber Renaldo Gouws.
Since then the jokes has been flying thick and fast, with the blip also resulting in some renewed interest in Togher, Co Louth – all tongue in check, of course.
Before jumping to conclusions regarding the incompetency of @MYANC because of a spelling mistake on a billboard, it should be noted that this billboard was placed in the Cork city suburb of Togher.
Asking the people of Ireland to help us build SA is maybe not such a bad idea... pic.twitter.com/UFmoHzM7Hy
— MJ DU PREEZ (@DOKTRINE) April 16, 2019
The ANC blamed its service provider for the error, adding that they would “not allow a human error that was made by a service provider to derail us."
"This error has been used by opposition in an attempt to discredit the work of the ANC. This, to us, is a sign that opposition parties do not have anything to offer voters as we approach the May 8 general election and as such, they have resorted to focusing their campaigns on minor errors attributed to the ANC."
On the funny side, Togher is a suburb in lovely County Cork in Ireland 😂😂. Maybe that’s the aspiration ?
— Priscilla Urquhart (@PriscillaUrq) April 16, 2019
The party plans to remove the misspelled billboards as soon as possible.
For now, though, Togher is enjoying a rare spell in the spotlight.