Saturday 23 March 2019

Dubs cry foul as banners may not return to Ha'penny bridge

Banners placed on the Ha'penny Bridge celebrating Dublin GAA have been branded 'cheap and tacky'
Banners placed on the Ha'penny Bridge celebrating Dublin GAA have been branded 'cheap and tacky'

The "Up the Dubs" banners on the Ha'penny Bridge may never be placed at the landmark site again after being branded "cheap" and "tacky" by Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

However, it wasn't the outcry from the TD or Dublin Civic Trust that led to the council removing them late last week.

They were already scheduled to come down following Dublin's win over Galway in the league final earlier this month.

However, the banners' future could be in jeopardy, as their placement is currently under review by Dublin City Council.

Signs reading "Up the Dubs - Dublin City supporting the Dubs" have been hung on either side of the bridge by the council over the past few years to honour the men's and ladies' teams reaching the championship and league finals.

They were hung up again last week to mark the Dublin Senior men's team beating Galway in the league final on April 1, sparking a social media debate.

"These completely inappropriate banners have been going on for years," tweeted the Dublin Civic Trust.

"The Ha'penny Bridge is an iconic historic (and protected) structure and should not be concealed, never mind defaced, with any form of banner or promotional material."


After the banners were removed, Mr Ryan said that he does not want to see them hung on the Ha'penny again.

Speaking on Morning Ireland yesterday, he said: "I'm very happy that Dublin keep winning and that we celebrate it, including the league final last weekend against Galway.

"But I don't think we need to do that by defacing what is one of the iconic images of Dublin, what is an iconic piece of architecture of Dublin.

"I'm glad it has been taken down again and that the city council is going to review it.

"The main complaint that the Civic Trust and others have is that this is a protected structure, we're spending a lot of money trying to keep it clean and to stop people from putting locks on it, we don't need to put what isn't a very stylish banner on an iconic piece of architecture.

"The bridge brightens up the city on its own, it doesn't need banners on top of it to make it any better. It's perfect as it is and I think it should be left alone."

Dublin Lord Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha disagreed, saying that he likes the show of support for footballers.

"I fully support the practice as I think it brightens up the place and it celebrates great achievement, both by men and women Gaelic footballers," he said.

A Dublin City Council spokeswoman said: "Dublin City Council have not received any official complaints about the banner.

"Dublin City Council endeavours to promote all positive sporting, community and cultural initiatives that take place in the city, particularly one that engages local communities and occasionally uses city assets to achieve this.

"The City Council will review the use of the Ha'penny bridge for this purpose."

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