Dublin follows Belfast with its own Big Wheel
London's got one, so does Belfast and now Dublin is set to get its very own giant 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 river and the capital but as far afield as the Dublin and Wicklow mountains when it opens this spring.
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 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.
It 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.
Although it is a temporary structure, it will be kept in situ for the next four years until further development anticipated at The Point Village picks up after the recession.