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Young woman in serious condition in hospital after crush in Dublin city centre

By Conor Feehan and Geraldine Gittens

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital today after an apparent crowd crush incident in Dublin city centre shortly after midnight.

A large number of people were caught up in the incident as they made their way to the popular Copper Face Jacks club on Harcourt Street.

It is understood in the region of 1,500 people were in the vicinity, with many queuing to get in.

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

One of those, a young woman, is said to be in a critical condition in hospital. She is believed to be 18, and is being treated in St James' Hospital.

Cathal Jackson, owner of Copper Face Jacks said this morning: “I’m aware of it. I was there last night. I arrived at ten to twelve... I arrived near the end of [the incident].”

“It was a big congregation, a big surge of people around the corner.

“It was the first time we actually had an over 18s specifically on a Monday night, it’s over 19s on a Tuesday,” he added.

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.”

The incident happened in the Camden Place laneway beside Copper Face Jacks where it joins with Harcourt Street, and a large number of gardai and members of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene.

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.

The cause of the crush is not yet known.

It is understood that Monday is a popular night in the venue for university students, with a number of drinks promotions.

A Dublin Fire Brigade source said it received a number of emergency calls from Harcourt Street just before midnight.

Fire services from Tara Street and Dolphins Barn attended the scene, assisted by fire brigade and ambulances from Donnybrook and Nutgrove.

Advanced paramedics from the fire service also raced to the scene.

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