Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

12.39 5 Sep 2020


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A DJ and music producer who was one of ten social media personalities who recently moved into a "creation" hub has left the project.

Marty Guilfoyle and nine other popular TikTok users in Ireland all moved into a house in Dublin this week to collaborate for their respective audiences.

'The Goat House' follows similar setups from creators in America such as The Hype House and The Sway House.

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Guilfoyle issued a statement on social media last night saying he was no longer involved in the project after reams of abuse were levelled against him online.

The radio presenter, who was 'trending' on Twitter yesterday, was accused by some users of being "weird" or "predatory" as he is older than others in the house.

He said he was invited two weeks ago "by someone my own age to join a collaborative TikTok project".

He said the popular video-sharing app "was responsible for the biggest shift in music distribution in the last decade" and that it can "make or break a career".

"The project sounded like a bit of fun, but if it went well it could have a huge impact on my work.

"There’s still lots of room for innovation around TikTok, so even if it came to nothing at least I’d get to meet some like-minded people in that space.

"When I signed on I had no idea who was going to be in the house with me, and I took a leap of faith.

"Fast forward three days and suddenly I’m the number one trending topic in the country, which is absolutely wild to me - it’s a content collaboration project, and it’s not like there’s nothing else going on in the world.

"Maybe you think it’s stupid. Fine. Maybe you think I’m stupid. Fine. I can take a slagging as well as the next guy.

"But what’s really upset me are suggestions that signing on for a work project with a group of adults was somehow weird or even predatory."

“At this stage, my concern is that it might start to affect other people involved, so I have left the house and no longer have any connection to the project.

“I wish everyone there the best of luck, I hope they have an amazing time, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of the collaboration."

The remaining members of the house are Andrea Camila, Lewis Kelly, Thomas Arnold, Jake Brown, Ryan Mar, Shauna Davitt, Lauren Whelan, Leila Ecker, and Nia Gallagher.

Main image: The members of Dublin's Goat House. Credit: @thegoathousedublin Instagram page.

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