A two-foot-wide, 6-foot-deep sinkhole opened up on Dublin’s Dame Street on Tuesday evening, rerouting traffic throughout the city’s centre.
Upon further inspection, city officials discovered the hole was much larger beneath the tarmac’s surface and could have caused “considerable damage” if it had given way.
Originally assumed to be caused by water damage to foundations beneath the road surface, some experts now believe the leading suspect of the road’s collapse is a tunnel leading to a 19th century brothel.
Historian Gerry Cooley told the Evening Herald that an old cellar discovered in the hole could be part of a “long-rumoured tunnel” used by 1800s politicians as a route to brothels.
"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 said.
"They built the tunnels from what is now the Bank of Ireland on College Green. If you dig deep enough anywhere around that areaRead More »from Dublin sinkhole could be related to underground tunnels leading to 19th century brothels