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31st May 2022

The 2 Johnnies say over 100 people have contacted them about the GAA catfish

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The story that keeps on giving.

The 2 Johnnies have said that more than 100 people have now contacted them about the GAA Catfish story after their podcast episode went viral.

Earlier this month, Johnny B shared his experience of being catfished on Instagram by a serial catfisher in the podcast he shares with Johnny Smacks.

Telling listeners the stories of a catfish who targetted GAA stars and other media people, he said: “Last year, I became single. It’s never easy, no matter what way it goes. And in January, around Christmas time, this girl follows me on Instagram.

“She’s absolutely stunning, drop-dead gorgeous. She’s from Limerick, has 15k followers and is followed by a few people I know personally and is followed by a few well-known people from the industry, from showbiz.

“So, one night I’m looking at her stories and I said, go on. I’ll send her an old DM.”

After spending weeks texting this girl and trying to meet up, it was to no avail as she made excuses like her aunt dying and herself getting Covid.

Figuring out she must be a catfish, he and Johnny Smacks discovered the woman behind everything was running numerous fake profiles and he wasn’t the only one targetted.

In the second part of the story, the two lads said more than 40 people had been affected including GAA players and media personalities

Johnny Smacks said: “Here’s the thing. This is something that you see on Catfish the television show and you think ‘that only happens in America’. This has happened in Ireland to a lot of people and a lot of people that we all know in the entertainment industry in the GAA, everywhere.”

Giving an update to fans and anyone else who had been hooked on this saga, they revealed there will be a part three and there is a lot more to come from it.

Johnny Smacks said: “Just to give a quick update – there will be a part three but we’re collecting and processing everything at the moment. But just to summarise, we’ve had over 100 people directly contact us with their horror stories of this catfish.”

Johnny B added: “Like some guys have said ‘Aw there’s been a few guys on my team’, we’re not including them.”

Johnny Smacks replied: “Yes, this is just direct stories. But, you can imagine how many more people there are. The earliest catfish that we have as of yet is 2010. So, 12 years so far. ”

They are keeping the identities of the people involved anonymous as to protect their mental health and wellbeing.