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Thursday 24 April 2014

Pothole plunge has the world laughing

LIAM'S LISMIRE SWIM GOES VIRAL

A Dromagh man who stripped down to his shorts and got into a bubbling five foot pothole in Lismire on New Year's Eve has proven to be an internet sensation, clocking up 60,000 hits.

Liam Keane (21) couldn't resist the temptation after a friend had all-but submerged a traffic cone in the hole. So, he decided to go one better and take the plunge, just for the craic.

Filmed by his girlfriend, the video quickly went 'viral' on YouTube. But

Liam told The Corkman that the pothole was filled in the following day by Cork County Council.

"I should be the new councillor and oversee the potholes around the place," he joked. THERE are potholes in Duhallow where "you could calve an elephant" was the view of Cllr Timmy Collins on hearing how Liam Keane comfortably got into a bubbling five foot deep pothole in Lismire.

Cllr Collins (Ind) - pictured - said he has been inundated with calls from people in the region concerning the size and length of potholes throughout the region.

"But five foot deep, well that is a new one for me. It's definitely the deepest pothole that I've ever heard of. An elephant would have no bother in that hole and that is for sure," said Cllr Collins.

When asked if he would strip off and get into a pothole in Duhallow to force Cork County Council into rapid action, with a smile and a throaty laugh, he said: "To be honest, I'm not a great swimmer."

Cllr Collins pointed out that each year a number of people flock to the Island Wood in Newmarket to take a dip for charity.

"Next year, the way things are going, they could go for a swim in their own potholes outside their doors," he said with a smile.

Cllr Collins said there is a stretch of road in Rowels in his own native Meelin which he described as a "continuous headache."

"The whole stretch of road is literally a pothole, but to be fair to Cork County Council it is on their list of repairs," he said.

He said the council has filled in the potholes but there is water underneath which is causing ruptures and holes.

Another section, at Glounicomane, Freemount he also said is "just one big pothole."

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