Friday 19 January 2018

Young woman now 'okay and talking' after crush near popular Dublin nightclub

General view of Harcourt Street
General view of Harcourt Street
The scene on Harcourt Street last night
The scene on Harcourt Street last night. Inset: A woman's shoe lies on the street outside Copper Face Jacks following last night's incident
A Garda checkpoint

A WOMAN is "ok and talking" having previously been in a critical condition in hospital after a crowd crush incident in Dublin city centre shortly after midnight.

A large number of people were caught up in the incident as they made their way to the popular Copper Face Jacks club on Harcourt Street.

It is understood in the region of 1,500 people were in the vicinity, with many queuing to get in.

Garda sources said that seven people suffered injuries in the incident, with four of them being taken to hospital by ambulance.

One of those, a young woman, was said to be in a critical condition in hospital. She is believed to be 18, and is being treated in St James' Hospital.

However, Cathal Jackson, owner of Copper Face Jacks told this morning:

“The girl is OK and she’s talking. She’s after coming to."

"I'm thinking of the girl and her family," he said.

Mr Jackson said he arrived  at the club towards the end of the incident last night.

 “I’m aware of it. I was there last night. I arrived at ten to twelve... I arrived near the end of [the incident].”

“It was a big congregation, a big surge of people around the corner.

“It was the first time we actually had an over 18s specifically on a Monday night, it’s over 19s on a Tuesday,” he added.

Last night event was promoted on Facebook as: "Messy Mondays Launches in Coppers This Monday. Over 18s & Savage Drink Promos".

On Twitter one poster wrote “Not a nice feeling being crushed between a wall and the barriers due to the huge stampede at Coppers. I’m just so glad we all got out okay.”

Another person who was in the crowd said: “I was in Coppers at the time. The crowd was no bigger than it was last week for Black Monday but the problem was much more people decided to leave it [until] much later to come in so as a result the queue was much bigger than last week.”

“The state of the crowd was the same as you'd see anywhere else in the country everyone had a few drinks but no one was causing any trouble from what I saw.”

“The bouncers were unprepared for the amount of people and struggled to contain the crush.”

He added: “When the crush happened they were very helpful and acted very quick. They opened up the doors to relieve the pressure. Without their quick thinking there would have surely been more injuries.”

The incident happened in the Camden Place laneway beside Copper Face Jacks where it joins with Harcourt Street, and a large number of gardai and members of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene.

Gardai were forced to close traffic to Harcourt Street for a time to allow emergency services access to the scene and Luas services had to be suspended.

The cause of the crush is not yet known.

It is understood that Monday is a popular night in the venue for university students, with a number of drinks promotions.

A Dublin Fire Brigade source said it received a number of emergency calls from Harcourt Street just before midnight.

Fire services from Tara Street and Dolphins Barn attended the scene, assisted by fire brigade and ambulances from Donnybrook and Nutgrove.

Advanced paramedics from the fire service also raced to the scene.

Conor Feehan and Geraldine Gittens

Online Editors

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