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Warning to people cycling along the Royal Canal in Dublin

People cycling on the Royal Canal between Phibsborough and Drumcondra in Dublin are being warned about youths trying to lift rope across the tow path just as bicycles reach the rope.

This morning, local resident, Gianluca Pengue said on Twitter: “If you’re cycling on the canal between Phibsborough and Drumcondra, far side from the main road, pay attention. Kids were lifting up a rope to catch cyclists. I called the police, they were already alerted and were intervening.”

This evening, Colin Heeney at the Garda press office said: “At 5.40pm on the 10th of July 2018, Gardai received a report that a group of youths were interfering with passing cyclists on Royal Canal Bank near Cross Guns Bridge, Dublin 7.”

He added: “Three beat Gardai were dispatched and engaged with a group of youths present. Details were taken and there were no arrests. Enquiries are continuing.”

UPDATED: with response from Gardai. is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

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  1. Thanks for the warning…even though I live v near, cycling along the canal is a real let-down – do they still have those “kissing gates” every 200m or so? It re3ally spoils what could be a lovely cycle. M

  2. Kissing gates should be known as cycling prevention gates if you are using anything other than a standard bike you may forget using the Grand canal GW into Dublin Ponies and sulkies have no trouble passing them.

  3. Do u think they are any use then? I heard that there are other types of gates that could be used; maybe they are too dear for the council! (anyway, walking or even cycling esp near the Drumcondra end is off-putting with the drinkers etc there. M

  4. When it comes to making a path useful to the public, they are better called “kiss of death” gates as they discourage people from making legal use of the pathway, leaving it to antisocial behaviour. That rope practice should be treated the same as youths throwing bricks on a roadway.


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