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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ships stop tours as youths use rigging as diving platform

Tours had to be stopped because anti-social swimmers were putting customers in danger
The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ships in Dublin. Picture from Facebook

The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ships in Dublin. Picture from Facebook

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ships in Dublin has been forced to stop tours of their replica famine-era ship after young people started using the rigging as a diving platform into the Liffey.

The manager of the tourist attraction, John O’Neill, told RTÉ News the tours had to be stopped because anti-social swimmers were putting customers in danger.

“The disruption that they bring, the danger they’re putting themselves to and the risk that they’re putting out there for our customers means that we can’t continue to operate with the kind of behaviour you’ve seen there,” he said.

Tours on the famine ship have had to be cancelled, with 120 people receiving refunds.

The cancellations have raised the issue of the wider problem of anti-social behaviour on Dublin docklands.

Alan Robinson of the Docklands Business Forum said it is a recurring issue.

“We’ve been saying that the issue has been getting worse over the last ten years,” he said.

Meanwhile, a group of youths have been caught on camera jumping from the nearby Irish Rail bridge into the River Liffey.

The video shared online by Panti Bliss, shows two boys standing on the Butt Bridge railway bridge over the Liffey.

As the two youths stand on the bridge, a train goes by in the background.

One of the boys jumps and lands in the water shortly followed by a second.


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