The phrase 'only in Ireland' is constantly exaggerated and overused, but it may genuinely apply to the case of the 'mysterious' hole on Portmarnock Beach, the story of which has been all over social media in the last two days, and has even reached The New York Post.
For those needing a quick catch-up; astronomy enthusiast, Dave Kennedy, spotted the hole and was convinced by a rock he found within it that it was caused by a cosmic event. Virgin Media picked up the story and covered it on the news.
However, a video surfaced of a couple of lads - Charlie Wallace and Peter McEvoy - digging a hole, which was said to be on the same beach just days earlier.
Like clockwork, Irish Twitter had a field an absolute field day with meme content.
The Best Memes From The Portmarnock Beach Hole Hullabaloo
Reminder: DART & Commuter services are operating ALL DAY to the meteorite site in Portmarnock. Please use your LEAP Card for fares that are out of this world 🌎😂 -AD pic.twitter.com/OWB2AphiUN
— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) September 15, 2023
BREAKING: Satellite photo shows Portmarnock beach hole visible from space. pic.twitter.com/5TCEhsrVYL
— Dr Harold News (@DrHaroldNews) September 15, 2023
The Portmarnock beach hole is up on https://t.co/okMEz7L3ZY for €2,600 a month
— Minister for Spuds at the Dept of Bacon & Cabbage (@FCTwenteBenson) September 14, 2023
Seeing as none of the rest of you were stepping up to make it… pic.twitter.com/xM3Dumoikr
— Mark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) September 15, 2023
When first interviewed by Virgin, Mr. Kennedy had the following to say:
"As you can tell... there's a scorch mark on this side here, so that would have been at the angle it came down at," Mr Kennedy told Virgin Media News on Wednesday.
"It is weighty. I'm not sure of its composition but we're definitely going to have find out."
He has also stated that despite his hopes being debunked, he will still be sending the rock for further analysis.
Taylor Swift has added a third and final Dublin date to her Eras tour in the Hole on Portmarnock Beach next June
— Davey B (@Dave_B24) September 14, 2023
Sir a second meteorite has hit Portmarnock Beach pic.twitter.com/Av8cbgU0PU
— Caolán Mc Aree (@Caolanmcaree) September 14, 2023
hi @VirginMediaNews i’ve discovered this tiny fortification in Galway and believe it may have been built by some sort of hyper intelligent miniature humanoid species. maybe from Space due to their advanced building technology. please send richard chambers and a full camera crew https://t.co/JO6pwnJfSr pic.twitter.com/cEhXXxtC5f
— spochadóir (@spochadoir) September 14, 2023
Popular American right-wing broadcaster, Tim Pool, also picked up on the story and questioned the authenticity of the video of the hole being dug.
"1. There's no proof it's the same beach," tweeted Pool.
"2. Where are the beach goers in the news report? 3. Why does the season seem different between shots? I think its just a troll video".
New crew documents hole at beach
Dudes then later film themselves digging a hole
Dudes then put their video in front of news report to make it seem like they dug it out https://t.co/OyyP4FlOel
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 15, 2023
— New York Post (@nypost) September 14, 2023