Ireland’s biggest pothole strikes again



The latest victim of Ireland’s biggest pothole, outside Midleton in County Cork, is this huge Murphy’s delivery truck. Pic: Kevin Heffernan

Remember how we brought you the story of Ireland’s biggest pothole swallowing a Renault Clio on 29 December? Read it here The story went viral on social media.

On December 29, the same pothole swallowed up a Clio. 

Well, now the giant pothole has upped its game, by devouring a massive Murphy’s beer delivery truck.

The truck was on its way yesterday to deliver to local pub Poc Ar Buile, which has been cut off in recent weeks by both flooding and potholes, when the giant pothole, hidden under flood waters, captured the vehicle.

Poc Ar Buile owner Michael Murphy said: “I pity the poor driver, the shock of what happened to him. Three axels buried. Tractors tried to pull him out and failed. A crane was called to get him out.”

Michael Murphy at his pub, Poc Ar Buile in Ballinrostig, East Cork, which has been cut off by giant potholes and flood waters for weeks now. 

A passerby, local man Kevin Heffernan, shared the photo of the truck on social media. He said: “At first, I thought a truck was fixing the huge pothole. On closer inspection, I realised the truck was in the fecking pothole!”

Large sections of road around the area are now impassable, following the recent storms, with more heavy rains forecast from today. Locals have been pitching in, helping to clear flood waters and tow cars stuck in what remains of their roads.

Local woman Mary Hickey said: “Large sections of road at Glanturkin, Whitegate are impassable for cars and not safe for Jeeps either as they have very deep mud holes. My family have assisted to tow 30 vehicles out of holes in the last few days.”

There was a bright side to the story. Yes, the Murphy’s did eventually get delivered to Poc Ar Buile. The only problem now is, you’ll probably need a tractor to get through those roads to enjoy a pint of it.

Road in glanturkin Pic: Mary Hickey
This stretch of road in Glanturkin has been trapping vehicles, which a local family have helped to tow to safety. Pic: Mary Hickey 


Tara House lost

ALL hope is now lost that Tara House, headquarters of the Queensland Irish Association (QIA) since 1919, can continue as the home of the Irish community in Queensland.

The QIA Steering Committee has confirmed that lease negotiations with the new owner of Tara House have not been successful.

Angela Laylee of the QIA Steering Committee said: “The rent that the owner has been offered from another tenant was too high for us to be able to match on a responsible and reasonable assessment of potential future trading figures.”

She added: “I cannot express how devastating it is for me to bring this news to you.”

Tara House is a heritage-listed former club house at 179 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. It was designed by legendary Donegal architect Richard Gailey. Building began in 1878 and the Irish Club owned and operated the building from 1919.

Lead light panels depicting the four provinces of Ireland in the Tara Ballroom.

The Queensland Irish Association is the longest continuously operating national association in Queensland. Tara House has been visited by Irish presidents, including Eamon de Valera and Mary Robinson, and Ambassadors. In 2003, the QIA celebrated its centenary, with then-Irish President Mary McAleese making the celebrations the centrepiece of her state visit that year.

The association had suffered major setbacks with financial problems and declining membership during the First World War and the Depression but always pulled through. Yet, despite a huge influx of Irish immigrants into Brisbane in recent years, the club had been struggling financially and was placed into administration in January after accumulating a large amount of debt.

Arrangements are being made by the liquidator to remove and store all the QIA’s possessions of cultural and historical significance. 

The Steering Committee and sub-committees of QIA hope to call a meeting of former members in the new year to present proposals for the future operations of the QIA. 


The Tara Ballroom’s arched ceiling with shamrock mouldings and stained glass panels. 

Irish Queenslander

Thank you so much to Australia’s national Irish magazine, Tintean, for publishing this article about Irish Queenslander.


Irish Queenslander is the only news, events, features and sports print publication produced exclusively for the Irish community in Queensland, Australia.

Mary Allen, its dynamic founder, comes from Cork city, Ireland. She worked for nine years as senior sub-editor and columnist at the city’s daily newspaper, Evening Echo. She has lived in Australia for three years, in Sydney and  Brisbane.

Doing freelance reporting and photography on Irish stories in Brisbane, Mary continually heard that organisations needed help and volunteers but found it was difficult to get their information into the community. There was no one central source of news for the community directed solely at Queensland. There were many strong (Irish) communities, and  many interesting events happening, but that they needed a voice in Queensland.

Working part-time as a publications coordinator for a not-for-profit organisation, she had turned their magazine from black and white to colour and tripled its revenue within…

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Brisbane Shamrocks through to the Championship Final



AFTER a controversial ending to their League campaign, Shamrocks have shifted their focus and are set to play in their first championship final in eight years.

It was a grueling semi-final for Mick Breslin’s men as temperatures climbed to 26c in the Brisbane suburb of Willawong.

Justin Mosch took the lead, scoring the first point of the game, followed in quick succession with points from Kyle Coady and Darren Coleman. A well-taken goal by Matt Walsh gave Shamrocks an early lead, which they would hold for the remainder of the game.

Tyrone native Sean “Tin Tin” Loughran was outstanding in the full back line as the opposing side, John Mitchells, remained scoreless for the first 16 minutes of play and Shamrocks, top scorer, Darren Coleman, lived up to his reputation, scoring a total of 2-04.

John Mitchells struggled to stay in the game and although they scored two goals in the second half, it wasn’t enough to close the gap.

Donegal duo Danny Sheridan and Rory O’Gorman were relentless up front, scoring 2-04 between them in the second half and helping to send Shamrocks to their first Championship final in almost a decade.

Next Sunday’s final at the Gaelic Grounds in Brisbane is the most anticipated match of the day, as Shamrocks play old rivals Harps, having lost the league to them in a bitter dispute over points. It promises to be an exciting game. Throw in TBA. 

Irishman cycling from Brisbane to Sydney


TEAM TOMMY: From left, Brad Wallace, Peter Viles holding Tommy, and Mick McCarthy. 


THREE cyclists have set off on an epic journey from Brisbane to Sydney, to raise money and awareness of a rare disorder, 1P36 Deletion Syndrome.

Mick McCarthy, originally from Kilmallock, Co. Limerick but now living in Loganholme, joined two other riders on the 1,046km ride.

The cyclists are raising funds for Team Tommy, in aid of Tommy, aged four, who has the genetic disorder, which means he is missing a very tiny part of Chromosome 1. Symptoms include low muscle tone, seizures, hearing loss, vision delays, speech problems and inability to feed orally, amongst other health issues.

Tommy has been making progress – he can take steps using a supportive walker device (purchased with the help of Team Tommy’s Developing Foundation funds), makes sounds and eye contact.

His parents said: “When people spend time with Tommy, they learn what a joy he is – his smile, cheekiness, big brown eyes, laughter and purity have been known to melt even the most serious of doctors.”

Mick McCarthy’s son Mark is driving a support camper van on the journey. They left from Westfield Garden City in Mount Gravatt this  morning (Sunday, August 18), having already raised more than $14,000.

The cycle will be broken into seven stages over seven days – from Mount Gravatt to Byron Bay (160km), then to Grafton (170km), Nambucca Heads (130km), Port Macquarie (120km) Bulahdelah (150km), The Entrance (160km) and finally, from The Entrance to Sydney (85k). The cyclists will arrive in the New South Wales state capital on Saturday, August 24, having ridden 1,046km in aid of Team Tommy.

The riders are Brad Wallace, Peter Viles and Mick.

To find out more about Tommy’s condition or make a donation, see

Celtic Woman Reschedule Australian Tour Dates

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Celtic Woman have been forced to postpone their forthcoming Australian tour. The concerts were due to commence on September 12 and tour is rescheduled to January 2014. New dates and some venue changes are listed below. Tickets for the original dates will be valid for the new dates and those ticket holders who wish to obtain refunds should request a refund from point of purchase by 31st August 2013.

Celtic Woman’s Susan McFadden says, “We are truly sorry for any inconvenience we have caused our Australian fans and promise that when we come over in January we will put on a show to remember!”

 “We are sorry for any inconvenience to the fans. We are pleased we could reschedule the tour and not cancel”, said Leon Spellson from Nine Live, the Promoter of the Australian Tour.

Brisbane’s concert has now moved to Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre tickets are transferable for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. New seated tickets for Brisbane Entertainment Centre will be automatically posted out to current seated ticket holders after 31st August 2013. Additional tickets for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre are available from

Perth’s concert has been moved to the Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Perth Arena tickets are transferable for the Riverside Theatre. New seated tickets for The Riverside Theatre will be automatically posted out to current seated ticket holders after 31st August. Additional tickets for The Riverside Theatre can be purchased from


 Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Sunday, 12 January, 5.30pm

Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Wednesday, 15 January, 7.30pm

Wollongong – WIN Entertainment Centre, Thursday, 16 January, 7.30pm

Sydney – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Friday, 17 January, 7.30pm

Canberra – Royal Theatre, Saturday, 18 January, 7.30pm

Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Sunday, 19 January, 5.30pm

Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Tuesday, 21 January, 7.30pm

Perth – Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Friday, 24 January,       7.30pm

Tickets are on sale now. Book at / 132 849