Sinkhole opens in Dublin, exposes what could be 19th-century brothel

Paddy McKenna tweeted this photo of the sinkhole. Paddy McKenna / Twitter

TORONTO – A sinkhole in Dublin, Ireland is making international news Thursday.

Not because of the small traffic jam it caused – but because it opened up to what might be a secret, 19th century tunnel that Irish politicians used to escape to brothels.

The Independent reported Thursday that the sinkhole appeared Tuesday when a two-foot section of the road near The Olympia Theatre collapsed, exposing the streets above to what might be the tunnel’s remnants.

Gerry Cooley, an Irish historian, told The Herald that the cellar discovered in the hole could be part of a “long-rumoured” tunnel used by 19th century politicians who had built tunnels to sneak to bars and brothels.

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“The King of England closed down the House of Commons and House of Lords in Ireland during the time when politicians were spending too much time in the brothels,” Cooley told the newspaper.

“They built the tunnels from what is now the Bank of Ireland on College Green. If you dig deep enough anywhere around that area you are likely to find medieval artefacts or a part of the old 17th-to-19th century Ireland.”

The newspaper reported the local city council is planning on filling the hole with concrete.

The sinkhole is far smaller than that found in Toronto on Wednesday. A driver had to crawl out of their Jaguar after it was swallowed by a giant sinkhole in a north-west Toronto parking lot.

WATCH: Raw Video shows a massive sinkhole which swallowed a car in Toronto

Toronto’s sinkhole, however, did not lead to an underground brothel.


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