By Shawn Rice
An Irish man discovering he had a son after he was left with no Internet from Storm Ophelia is satirical news. There is no truth to a story that a man in Waterford, Ireland, discovered he had a son when he lost power during Storm Ophelia.
Storm Ophelia hammered portions of Ireland and the western United Kingdom with damaging winds, downing trees, knocking out power to thousands and killing at least three people. Wind gusts topped 70 mph in several locations, including one gust to 119 mph on Fastnet Island off the southern coast of Ireland.
Now, where did the fake news originate? The Waterford Whispers News published the satirical news article reporting that Declan Brennan realized that he had a son when he lost power to his Internet during Storm Ophelia. You can read the satirical news article below.
ALTHOUGH Storm Ophelia brought ruin and tragedy to many parts of the country yesterday, one Waterford man had an uplifting, emotional experience after discovering that he had a three-year-old son that he’d never met.
Declan Brennan, 36, noticed the child in his Dungarvan home after the internet and electricity services were cut off in the early hours of the storm, when he found himself wandering around with no access to WiFi.
Brennan was stunned when his wife explained that she had given birth to the boy, named James, some three years ago, and that Declan had been present for the conception, pregnancy, birth, and christening of the child, but hadn’t noticed any of it due to having his head stuck in his phone, checking the same five websites over and over again.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. The article was having a bit of fun at the suggestion that this man used the Internet so much that he did not realize that he had a son until a storm arrived knocking out power.
Additionally, the image used in the satire came from a stock photo website.
Here are examples of people sharing the satirical news on social media.
Man Left With No Internet Discovers Son He Never Knew He Had https://t.co/I4ne8k3sLb
— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) October 17, 2017
Man Left With No Internet Discovers Son He Never Knew He Had https://t.co/tLIXFc5Nzd
— Katie Dawson (@katiedawson23) October 17, 2017
Man Left With No Internet Discovers Son He Never Knew He Had https://t.co/ltaJch72F6
— Dick Kimble MD OBE (@dickkimble10) October 17, 2017
The Waterford Whispers News carries the following disclaimer:
Waterford Whispers News is a fabricated satirical newspaper and comedy website published by Waterford Whispers News.
Waterford Whispers News uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
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