Winter chill spells end for big wheel
Published 02/12/2011 | 05:00
IT was billed as one of the capital's finest tourist attractions, but just 16 months after it opened, the Dublin Wheel is gone.
The Revolver observation wheel at the Point Village has been dismantled and shipped to the UK because of a lack of demand over the winter months.
Opened to great fanfare in July 2010, the 350-tonne wheel allowed visitors to enjoy panoramic views across the capital and to the Dublin mountains.
It was billed as the "jewel in the crown" of the Point Village Square in the Docklands, but demand has fallen in recent months resulting in the decision to ship it back to the UK.
Despite steep discounting numbers didn't improve.
"Initially, everyone takes a whizz on them and then they become a tourist attraction," a source close to the project said.
"We're going to look at a couple of options next year including bringing back a wheel, or perhaps a tethered hot air balloon which goes 1,000 feet in the air. We are planning on having something back next summer."
Work on dismantling the wheel began last week and it was gone yesterday. The company operating it on behalf of Crosbie Property, Great City Attractions, is moving the attraction in the winter season but is hopeful of returning next summer with a newer model.
"Our thanks to everyone who came down to take a spin on Revolver," site owner Harry Crosbie said.
Mr Crosbie added that the Revolver was attracting "consistent numbers" of visitors, which is why it was considering another attraction for the area.