Maurice Phelan: “You’d think we were living in Beirut”

Thanks to Wisam for bring this to my attention.

Let’s head over to Cork, Ireland where 76-year-old, Maurice Phelan, has a problem. Here is a photo of him with the problem visible. Can you see it (he does look quite grumpy, doesn’t he)?

From the Evening Echo: Local resident Maurice Phelan, near one of the footpaths in need of repair on McDonagh Road, Ballyphehane. Picture: David Keane.

From the Evening Echo:
Local resident Maurice Phelan, near one of the footpaths in need of repair on McDonagh Road, Ballyphehane.
Picture: David Keane.

It’s the footpath.

Large portions of the road’s footpaths are cracked and worn away with significant subsidence around water works.

According to Maurice Phelan,

“You’d think we were living in Beirut. It’s unbelievable. This has to be seen to be  believed.”

I see it and still can’t believe it. How does that even look like Beirut? Humor me for a moment and hit Google Image Search for “damaged footpaths”. Have your pick of cities around the world:

Screenshot of "damaged footpaths" via Google Image Search

Screenshot of “damaged footpaths” via Google Image Search

Not much information to go on in terms of an address so it will have to be electronic Looks Like Beirut certificate this time around.

And now for what Lebanon really looks like:

The Mediterranean (view from Beirut, Lebanon)

Beirut
The Mediterranean (view from Beirut, Lebanon)
Photo by Salim Shadid via Flickr