A news channel has been hoodwinked after seemingly being convinced a crater discovered at a Dublin beach of a ‘cosmic event’.
Earlier this week a ‘mysterious hole’ appeared on Portmarnock beach in the Irish capital.
Soon after News picked up the story and and also spoke to a man who was certain the massive hole had been created by an .
As the report said, the hole was.
‘A local astronomy enthusiast is hoping the crater in Portmarnock could be the aftermath of a cosmic event,’ the anchor said.
It then cut to presenter Hannah Murphy who said: ‘It’s a huge mysterious crater that looks out of this world, but is it?’
‘The unusual hole on Portmarnock beach stopped local astrophysics enthusiast Dave Kennedy in his tracks yesterday and he’s certain that the small but heavy rock inside it came from up above,’ she continued.
Dave was then shown explaining: ‘As you can tell by here, there’s a scorch mark, so that would have been on the angle it came down at and it’s weighty, but I’m not sure of its composition but we are definitely going to have to find out.
The report then showed passers-by inspecting the hole, who were apparently ‘hoping what they are witnessing is the aftermath of a once-in-a lifetime cosmic event’.
But unfortunately for them, the hole was the result of a man-made event, with a group of mates digging it during a beach day.
After the report went to air, the real culprit of the crater was revealed by someone on social media who wrote: ‘Lads I’m in bits.
‘Virgin Media news is after reporting on a hole on Portmarnnock beach that “could be the aftermath of a cosmic event”.
‘Some fellas literally dug it the day before with a kid’s shovel.’
They added: ‘The way your man was talking about the rock being an asteroid had me in tears.’
Sharing a video, the theory of the asteroid was debunked as a group of grown men were seen hard at work on the hole.
The revelation unsurprisingly sparked a huge response, especially from the original poster, who shared some follow-up thoughts.
‘It’s a huge mysterious crater that looks out of this world, but is it? No. it’s a hole on a beach,’ they wrote, before jumping in to defend Dave’s honour.
‘Dave is by all accounts is just a guy who got excited when he found a big hole and a cool rock. People have been doing that for thousands of years ye a***holes. Don’t be w*****.’
Someone else added: ‘I love Dave and will fight for his honour, and the right to dream.’