#whatthefliuch? Twitter abuzz with Cork and Belfast floods (photos)

28 Jun 2012

The sight in Douglas, Cork, this morning. Photo posted on Twitter by Cork Independent

Heavy overnight rain has left parts of Cork and Belfast under water, with Clonakilty and Douglas in Co Cork, and east and south Belfast among the worst-affected areas, and it has all been captured on Twitter.

It didn’t take long for residents to take to Twitter to post comments and photos pertaining to the floods, causing the hashtags #corkfloods, #fliuchsake, #Clonakilty, and #whatthefliuch to trend on the microblogging site.

Twitter user Eimear Clancy tweeted, “So I live in Dublin and my parents are in France … Can someone please check is my house under water?”

Eoghan O’Sullivan relayed the gravity of the situation from the possible presence of a certain someone in Cork.

“RTÉ’s Pascal Sheehy is in Douglas, too, I think. You know it’s bad when he’s around,” he tweeted.

Stephen Conway was keeping things in perspective.

“Seeing that Douglas, Clonakilty and Belfast are flooded I shouldn’t be worried about the large puddle I had traversed in Maynooth.”

Fernhill House Hotel, meanwhile, is preparing to help with the cleanup.

“I will be offering my services in the cleanup tonight in Clonakilty. Hope more join.”

Blairs Inn Pub has issued a plea to drivers and posted the group of four photos following:

“Dear morons please don’t drive thru flooding at front of pub as ur waves will cause even more damage.”

Blairs Inn

SPIN 1038 shared these two photos on Twitter. The first one is of Belfast, the second photo is of West Cork.


West Cork

Conor Ryan shared this scene from Meadowbrook in Glanmire, Co Cork:


The photo Niall Duffy shared on Twitter reveals the depth of water in Clonakilty, Co Cork:


Met Éireann said about 50mm of rain fell last night but in some areas may have received up to 70mm.

The ESB is operating an emergency helpline for people experiencing problems with electricity. That number is 1850-372999.

Cork City Council has also issued an emergency city and county number, which is 021 420 8000.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic