Wednesday 25 April 2018

'I'd be there in a heartbeat' - Irishman in Guam calls offer of Cork's nuclear bunker 'fantastic'

Sean Hale (Back row with glasses) says people in Guam are 'calm'
Sean Hale (Back row with glasses) says people in Guam are 'calm'

Kathy Armstrong

An Irishman in Guam has called the offer of the use of a nuclear bunker in Cork "fantastic" and claimed he would be "over in a heartbeat."

Sean Hale was speaking to Independent.ie after Cork County Councillor Joe Carroll suggested that if North Korea carries out their threat to strike Guam, the island's population is welcome in Skibbereen.

Sean, who was born on the island to Irish parents, said he would definitely consider the option.

The 37-year-old said: "I think it sounds like a fantastic offer, if I could I would move there in a heartbeat.

"My dad is from the north and my mum's family are from Cork and Tipperary.

"I've been to Ireland a few times, it's my home and I am so proud of my Irish blood and Irish heritage."

This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang. (KRT via AP Video)
This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang. (KRT via AP Video)

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Guam is a US Pacific territory that has a population of 160,000 and hosts 7,000 military personnel on two bases.

North Korea has threated to blast missiles towards the island but Sean insists he isn't worried.

Sean, who manages Shamrock’s Gastropub, said: "It's a lot more relaxed now, some people were worried about the situation at first but that's kind of died down now, so I'm not too concernd.

"North Korea did threaten us with a nuclear bomb but that didn't happen so maybe they were just looking for attention.

"People are still getting on with their lives, they're going to work and partying on the beaches."

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A bunker was built in scenic Skibbereen in the 1970s by the head of the Swiss military, who decided it would be a safe option if nuclear war broke out.

Fianna Fail Cllr Carroll said he thinks the population in Guam should bear in mind that it's there if Kim Jong-Un's army targets them.

Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Carroll
Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Carroll

He told Independent.ie: "Skibereen is one of the most friendly places in the world and it's a lovely place to visit.

"I've no idea how many people the bunker will fit but we'll put them somewhere, it's  a good, fun notion anyway."


Cllr Carroll added that he thinks people from Guam would enjoy life in the Rebel County.

He said: "I've never been to Guam and I don't know anyone from there but from what I've seen on TV they seem like a lovely, friendly lot, much like the people of west Cork, so they'd fit in."

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