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CRUSH AT COPPERS

AN 18-year-old girl is in a critical condition in hospital after several people were injured in a massive crush outside Copper Face Jacks club.

An estimated 1,500 people were last night caught up in what was described as a "stampede" when queuing for the popular club on Harcourt Street shortly after midnight.

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

One of those injured, an 18-year-old girl, is said to be in a critical condition.

The incident happened between the Camden Place laneway and Harcourt Street as people tried to gain access to the so-called 'Messy Mondays' event.

 

UNCONSCIOUS

 

CATHAL JACKSON, THE OWNER OF COPPER FACE JACKS, TOLD THE HERALD THIS MORNING THAT HE WITNESSED THE CRUSH AND OPENED A FIRE ESCAPE FROM THE CAMDEN PLACE LANEWAY INTO THE CLUB TO TRY TO REDUCE THE PRESSURE OF PEOPLE STUCK IN THE LANE.

"I saw one girl unconscious and she was my main concern. I directed paramedics to her straight away," he said.

"This is something I never want to see again."

One young man who was in the queue said it was no bigger than it was last week for an event called Black Monday.

"But the problem was much more people decided to leave it much later to come in so as a result the queue was much bigger than last week," Michael Gavin told the Herald.

"The numbers being reported in the media of 1500 seem accurate but it's very hard to judge when you're in a crowd," he added.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne said that pubs and nightclubs must "refrain from irresponsible drinks promotions and improve security".

"The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland's (ASAI) Code states that marketing for alcoholic drinks must be socially responsible," she said.

"The promotion of nightclub events to young college students as 'Messy Mondays' is clearly in contravention of this code."

She said that the pub and nightclub industry must invest in sufficient security outside their premises when hosting large events.

"The situation which developed on Harcourt Street last night was completely unacceptable, leaving a number of young people seriously injured."

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.

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."

Last night was billed as a 'Messy Mondays' event by Copper Face Jacks to run for over 18s from 10.30pm until 3am.

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

cfeehan@herald.ie


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