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Coppers scraps its promos after student crush

A POPULAR nightclub has scrapped drinks promotions following a safety review after a massive crush outside the premises earlier this year.

On January 27 there was commotion outside Copper Face Jacks when a large number of students queuing outside began pushing in a bid to gain free entry before the midnight cover charge.

In the promotion, which was billed as Messy Mondays in a Facebook campaign that attracted hundreds of customers, discount drinks were offered for over-18s from 10.30pm until 3am.

ALLEYWAY

The club was offering three Jagerbombs for €10, a Southern Comfort and mixer for €3.50 and three Frosties for €10.

Gardai said the incident happened when up to 1,500 young people descended on the club almost at the same time. The crush developed at the entrance to an alleyway beside the premises in Harcourt Street.

But Coppers manager Darren Power has said the drinks promotions and teen events have now been discontinued.

"What happened in January was a serious incident and we were determined to learn all we could to make sure it never happens again," he said.

"We interviewed all the management and security staff who were working that night to see what their own experiences and recommendations were, and it was decided that the promotions and teen events would cease.

"Now we operate an over-20s policy during the week and an over-21s at the weekend.

"We also consulted with gardai and the city council to take on board their input, and changed to tape barriers in the side lane instead of the solid barriers."

Club owner Cathal Jackson said the large numbers of young people converging at one time on the night of the crush took staff by surprise.

Doormen were on duty outside but were unable to prevent the crush.

Niamh Cannon (18), from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, a student teacher at Marino College, was rendered unconscious in the crush. She was initially described as being in a critical condition when she was taken to the Mater Hospital but has since made a good recovery.

She was caught in the thick of the crush at the junction of the alleyway, Camden Place, and Harcourt Street. The club's security staff helped free her from the crush before ambulances and gardai arrived.

Three girls with bruising and another with a suspected fractured ankle also received hospital treatment.

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Copper Face Jacks has a good security and safety record according to gardai, and employs more trained security staff than most other city nightclubs.

"Pearse Street gardai are continuing their investigations into the incident on Harcourt Street on January 27," said a garda spokesman.

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