Thursday 23 November 2017

It's the Dublin lockout – for lovers

‘Love lockets’ on the Ha’penny Bridge. Mark Stedman
‘Love lockets’ on the Ha’penny Bridge. Mark Stedman
A council notice asking people not to put 'love lockets' on the Ha'penny Bridge. Mark Stedman

COUPLES locking their love on Dublin's historic Ha'penny Bridge have been warned they are damaging the structure.

Dublin City Council has removed some 300kg of padlocks from the bridge in the past year, a spokeswoman said.

They were placed there by lovestruck couples who often engrave their initials into a padlock, then throw away the key.

While some believe it is an endearing tradition, the huge number of locks is causing a serious problem for city officials.

The padlocks have to be cut away from the metal structure, which is damaging the bridge.

The council has put six new signs on the Liffey crossing, urging people not to place locks on the structure because it is being damaged.

"Please do not put padlocks on the bridge as they are causing damage" the temporary notices say.

The bridge, with its collection of locks, is crossed by an average of 30,000 people each day.

Irish Independent

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