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Get ready for the Docklands revolution

UP AND ROLLING: The wheel is ready to open on Saturday and will offer unrivalled views of Dublin and Wicklow Mountains, promises Harry Crosbie, who dreamed up the Docklands schemeExcitement is mounting ahead of the launch of the Wheel of Dublin on Saturday.

The wheel is set to be Ireland's answer to the London Eye and will give unparalleled views of the city and Wicklow mountains.

On Saturday from 10am to 10pm, tourists and locals will be able to enjoy the 60-metre ferris wheel, brainchild of businessman Harry Crosbie.

He has revealed details of the venture, which cost around €10m. It will feature 21 pods with eight seats.


There will also be VIP pods for special occasions such as birthdays or weddings. The €9 fare promises revellers 13 minutes of "unrivalled views" of the capital.

The wheel will be joined by an outdoor performance area and markets and Mr Crosbie expects the market to be the country's biggest with 150 stalls and to host free lunchtime rock shows.

"It will combine the attractions of the world's busiest concert venue of its size, a market to rival Covent Garden and a unique tourist attraction in the big wheel," said Mr Crosbie. According to his planning application, the structure will remain in place for up to four years.

But Mr Crosbie's wheel may face competition from another proposed attraction. Developer Barry Boland is planning a

cable car project for the River Liffey. Ampitheatre Ireland Ltd and Dublin Docklands Development Authority fought the wheel.