Christmas Light Ceremony Ended Early Last Night Over Safety Concerns
The event was cut short due to overcrowding
The turning on of Grafton Street's Christmas lights is a highly anticipated event every year.
And, naturally, everybody wants to be there.
Unfortunately at last night's Christmas light ceremony things took a turn for the worst, with an estimated 15,000 people in attendance, the event had to end early due to overcrowding.
The organisers, DublinTown, released this statement:
Huge thanks to everyone who came to the Grafton st Christmas lights. Greater crowds than anticipated. pic.twitter.com/as8TLPzcUM— DublinTown (@DublinTown) November 13, 2016
The crowds were larger than organisers had anticipated and the event had to be cut early due to concerns over the safety and comfort of all in attendance.
And unfortunately acts Hermitage Green, Glenn and Ronan and the cast of the Gaiety Panto didn't get to perform.
People took to Twitter to describe the atmosphere:
Was so extremely dangerous tonight! Saw kids crying and people having panic attacks. Please just turn them on next time!— Emma (@EmmaFinnerty94) November 13, 2016
Switching on of the lights on Grafton street today - like a cattlemart and v dangerous #dublinatchristmas— Paul Teahan (@paul_teahan) November 13, 2016
Turned into piss up families n kids intimidated, meant to start a 6 really bad org. Disappointed #DublinAtChristmas— Pcan152 (@pcan152) November 13, 2016
Appalling organisation on Grafton St - caught up in logjam no warning no way out no stewards no Guards very dangerous #DublinAtChristmas— Eoin Murphy (@emurphy70) November 13, 2016
Poor organisation Grafton Street earlier, people fully expecting a 6pm switch on. Young kids tired, parents exasperated #dublinatchristmas— Bryan De B'stard (@BstardDe) November 13, 2016
Dreadful organisation on Grafton St tonight, far too many people, seriously dangerous! Lights late. Very disappointing. #dublinatchristmas— Niamh Tracey (@niamhmtracey) November 13, 2016
The organisers defended themselves saying:
thanks Emma, as we said above we ended it early because so many people came.— DublinTown (@DublinTown) November 13, 2016
sorry you had that experience the railings were there for peoples safety, a lot of planning went into the event— DublinTown (@DublinTown) November 13, 2016
a lot of organisation went in to the event and crowd control. The issue was double the amount of people expected showed up.— DublinTown (@DublinTown) November 13, 2016
Were you there?