Thursday 18 January 2018

WATCH: Fearless teen (17) skateboards down one of Ireland's steepest hills

Irish mum 'shocked' at footage of teen son skateboarding down one of Ireland's steepest hills

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The mother of an Irish teen who skated down one of Ireland's steepest hills admits she was "shocked" when she saw the footage of the stunt. 

A clip of Michael Murphy (17) fearlessly going down Patrick's Hill in Cork on his skateboarded has gone viral but one person who was particularly nervous watching the video was his mum Ger.

She told Independent.ie: "I didn’t know he was going to skate down the hill and when I found out I was shocked because it is very steep.

"But Michael has been skateboarding for years and has almost perfect balance and has rarely been injured over the years ‘touch wood’.

"Michael is an outdoors, Bear Grylls type of boy. Never in the house which is a healthy way to live.

She added that Michael also takes part in cliff diving and enjoys the adrenalin rush of it all.

Although she does have some apprehensions about her son's love of extreme sports, she wouldn't hold him back.

Ger said: "As a parent we worry about our kids but Michael has a great group of friends who look after him.

"He travels to the UK and Spain to use their skateboard facilities. He really does love it."

Michael had previously attempted the challenge when the road was closed off for the Red Bull Soapbox race last summer but didn't complete it.

He stopped after going past the second junction but decided to give it another go.

Michael's friends Jason Scott filmed the video and says he never expected it to be so popular.

Jason said: "We didn't expect so many hits on it, it was a big surprise to wake up the next morning to see such hits.

"There has been a mixed reaction but they are mostly positive - apart from a few comments regarding the risks and dangers.
"But at the end of the day it's part of the sport."

Despite his daredevil attitude, Jason says his parents weren't too impressed.

He said: "They were worried about my safety and the danger involved, they gave me an earful when I showed them the video."

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