Co Cork pothole plunge goes viral


The festive dip is a popular way for hardy swimmers to draw attention to a good cause, but few could match Liam Keane, who earned nationwide media coverage when he jumped into what appeared to be Ireland’s deepest pothole.

A video of Mr Keane hopping into a 1.3 metre (4.5ft) deep pool of water in the road outside Lismire village in north Co Cork has attracted more than 70,000 views on Youtube.

Contacted this evening, the 21-year from Kanturk said he had been “on the phone since 8 am” to radio stations and newspapers.

Last Sunday he grabbed a pair of swimming togs and a towel and went out to inspect the water-logged hole after his friend uploaded a picture of it on Facebook. He discovered it wasn’t a pothole but a cavity created by a ruptured water service connection.

He jumped in “as a bit of craic”, he said, but later felt it was an issue worth drawing attention to. “Why should someone be able to swim in a pothole?”

According to him the popularity of the video, uploaded late Sunday night, impelled Cork County Council to repair the road. “[The hole] had been there for a week and they never did anything about it,” he said, adding that they had filled it in by Monday morning.

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