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Fears over Cliffs of Moher Facebook photos

Pat Flynn

Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00

THE director of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre has asked social networking site Facebook to remove photographs of daredevil antics at the site -- amid fears they could encourage similar behaviour among visitors.

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The administrators of the Facebook page, who claim it was set up for 'fans' of the Cliffs of Moher, have been criticised for displaying photographs of people hanging over the 700ft-high cliffs, while other pictures show visitors walking and cycling along a 3ft ledge -- with only a deadly drop to the sea if they miss their footing.

Cliffs of Moher visitor experience director Katherine Webster has said: "I believe there is a lot of confusion among Facebook users and some of the fans of the other page have connected to it mistaking it for the official page."

Several photos show two mountain bikers dramatically and controversially cycling along a 20m stretch of the cliffs in 2006. The ledge on which Hans Rey and Steve Peat cycled was no more than a metre wide and, at the time, their actions were widely condemned and criticised as "foolhardy" and "idiotic".

Mr Rey, a champion cyclist, has since warned others against attempting what he had done.

North Clare Fine Gael councillor Martin Conway has called on the social networking site to remove the pictures.

Page administrator John Lawless has declined to comment on whether the photos will be removed.

Irish Independent

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