Forbes magazine has committed to hosting a '30 under 30' initiative for Limerick to celebrate the city's entrepreneurs.
Mayor Michael Collins wrote to the publication's Chief Content Editor after a controversial article published last Friday branded Limerick a 'warzone'.
The piece - which profiled the lives of Irish billionaires and Stripe founders John and Patrick Collison - was removed shortly after publication as it failed to meet Forbes' standards.
The article claimed John and Patrick Collison had "escaped" from "stab city" to Silicon Valley, while claiming Limerick was "known as the 'murder capital' of Europe".
There was widespread condemnation of the article from Irish social media users during the brief window when it was available on the Forbes website.
John Collison described the article as "daft", while his brother Patrick said the idea of "overcoming" anything is crazy.
Now, Limerick's mayor says he has gotten a positive response from the magazine's editor Randall Lane.
He said: "It's a very positive outcome from what was a very negative and disastrous publication a week ago today.
"We got a very positive response yesterday from [Lane's] office, saying he'd like to travel to Limerick when COVID restrictions allow.
"He has offered to set up an initiative called 30 under 30, where we would celebrate 30 entrepreneurs from Limerick."
Mayor Collins said the article painted neither Forbes nor Limerick in a positive light, and that's something the magazine has acknowledged.
However, he said the editors have now 'offered the hand of friendship' in the wake of the controversy.