No, not the universe, but simply men being men! A mysterious “meteor crater” that made Irish media headlines turned out to be a hole dug by three men from Dublin.
Dublin beach ‘meteor crater’ revealed to be just a hole dug by men
This hole, jokingly called a “cosmic meteorite”, caused quite a stir on social media until a video revealed its true origin appeared on the Internet. The incident began when Virgin Media News posted a video of this seemingly “out of this world” dent.
In the video, the journalist described the crater as “mysterious,” and viewers hoped it could be a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event. The news segment also included an interview with a local astrophysics enthusiast named Dave Kennedy, who seemed convinced that the rock found inside the crater was an asteroid from space.
At the time, the astrophysics enthusiast was unsure of the rock’s composition, but was determined to discover its origin.
#LOOK A mysterious hole in a beach has caused a stir in north Dublin. A local astronomy enthusiast hopes the Portmarnock crater could be the result of a cosmic event. @Hanelizaa reports ⤵️#VMNews pic.twitter.com/cGJiyd3eZj
– Virgin Media News (@VirginMediaNews) September 13, 2023
Dave Kennedy explained: “Just a month ago I was watching a NASA documentary about exactly what you’re looking at behind you, so when I looked at it and saw how uniform it is, I knew right away that what I was looking at is a NASA site. impact.”
The news agency featured part of their interview on X, which explained how a mysterious hole in a beach has caused commotion in north Dublin. The report continues: “A local astronomy enthusiast hopes the Portmarnock crater could be the result of a cosmic event.”
The ‘expert’ made many claims that were proven false just one day later
In the media report, the astrophysics enthusiast stated: “As you can see here, there is a scorch mark on this side, so it would have been at the angle it fell, and it is heavy.” Then images of him explaining the rock’s possible flight path from space appeared on the screen.
He added: “I’m not sure of its composition, but we’ll definitely have to find out.”
Just a day later, another video emerged showing three men using plastic shovels to dig the crater, and quickly gained immense popularity on social media platforms.
🚨 Meteorite mystery solved! 🚨The mystery of the hole on a north Dublin beach has apparently been solved, denting the hopes of a local space enthusiast who hoped it was the site of a meteorite impact.#VMNews pic.twitter.com/zhqKbhzvNY
– Virgin Media News (@VirginMediaNews) September 14, 2023
The video shows this small group having fun on a sunny weekend day, completely unaware that their fun getaway would end up making national news headlines. Virgin Media wasted no time in reporting that the mystery surrounding the crater had been solved.
Guys I’m torn to pieces. Virgin Media’s news comes after reporting a hole on Portmarnnock beach which “could be the consequence of a cosmic event”. Some guys literally dug it the day before with a kid’s shovel. The way your man talked about the rock being an asteroid made me cry https://t.co/dNFNanF8Mn pic.twitter.com/GoTTNkcA5U
— spochadoir (@spochadoir) September 14, 2023
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