A pothole on a Cork road has gone viral – after a man went for a swim in it and posted the video online!
Liam Keane managed the unique feat when he jumped into the four a half foot deep hole in a local village.
Already more than 70,000 curious souls have watched Liam’s video of his New Year swim on YouTube.
The video has forced the local council to take action to repair the pothole in the North Cork village of Lismire.
The 21-year-old from Kanturk has become a media celebrity since he went out to inspect the pothole after a friend posted a picture of it on Facebook.
Keane grabbed a pair of swimming togs and a towel for his visit to Lismire.
The pothole has been described as more of a cavity by the Irish Times newspaper which says it was caused by a ruptured water service connection.
He told the paper: “I’ve been on the phone all day to radio stations and newspapers since the video went viral.
“I jumped in as a bit of craic but later felt it was an issue worth drawing attention to. Why should someone be able to swim in a pothole?”
The pothole swimmer says Cork County Council have had to repair the road in the wake of his video’s success.
He added: “The hole had been there for a week and they never did anything about it but it was filled it in by Monday morning.”
The Council claim however that local police notified them about the damage before the video appeared on Youtube.
A spokesman said: “Water breaks occur on a weekly basis throughout the county. In this case, a service connection carried out by a private contractor failed.”
The council turned off the water supply after an inspection and arranged repair work for the following morning.
But locals believe Keane deserves all the credit.
He added: “People were saying that it was great to get it filled because it was dangerous.”
Check out the video here: