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February 13, 2010

Point Village sets wheels in motion for its big attractions

London’s got one, so does Belfast and now Dublin is set to get its own ferris wheel towering 60 metres above the River Liffey. The massive €10m observation wheel, similar to London’s Eye and the Wheel of Belfast, will not only give stunning views over the capital but even as far afield as the Dublin and Wicklow mountains when it opens this summer.

The big wheel will be the jewel in the crown of The Point Village Square at Dublin’s Docklands, which has been given the green light to proceed with plans to house an open-air concert stage, giant outdoor cinema screen and weekend market stalls next to The 02 arena. The Big Wheel will be the first attraction to come on stream and is due to open on May 1.

It will initially feature 21 fully enclosed capsules or pods capable of seating eight people. There will also be VIP pods that can be hired out for special occasions like weddings or birthdays.

The wheel will be located in the heart of Point Village Square. The temporary site will house 116 multi-coloured shipping containers that will be used to form a giant rectangular wall — similar to egg cartons used for sound insulation — to form a perimeter around the massive outdoor stage.

The Irish Independent

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