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11/07/2014 10:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Irish Teacher Katie Mulrennan Refused Job Due To The 'Alcoholism Nature Of [Her] Kind'

An Irish woman received an outrageous rejection letter from a school in South Korea where she'd applied to teach.

Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, earns her living teaching English around the world. Although she says she's been passed up for jobs because certain schools prefer a North American accent, she said a recent rejection letter really crossed the line.

After applying to a job in Seoul on Craigslist, the 26-year-old was shocked to get a rejection email that turned her down due to the stereotype that Irish people are drunks.

The email reads: "I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind."

A screenshot of the email was posted to Reddit earlier this week and has since gone viral. Mulrennan is now sharing her story with the press.

"When I got the email, it was so abrupt and short. I actually laughed when I read it initially," Mulrennan told the BBC. "In the end I took a deep breath and sent back a reply that was a little bit sarcastic, as I couldn't believe the email I had received."

She didn't receive a response to her second email, but says it doesn't matter since she's found another job in Seoul.

Although WHO data has shown that Irish binge drink with some regularity, other countries aren't far behind.

Additionally, a 2014 survey by London-based business intelligence company Euromontior showed that South Koreans of drinking age consume about 13.7 shots a week, while Irish only drank about 2.6 shots a week on average.

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