Belfast Eye arriving soon…

belfast eye Phil O’Kane over at Flickr has a great shot of the Belfast Eye, now nearing completion well in advance of Christmas. Not exactly Paris, but at a recoupable £3.5m, it could prove one of the city’s better (private) investments in recent years.

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  • Hogan

    The same company operate an identical wheel in Manchester. Its not for the faint hearted! Lots of people have to be let off, tearful and shaky-legged. Looking forward to seeing Belfast from it though.

    Will it affect the siteing of the xmas market?

  • RG Cuan

    Looks good, should replace the City Hall.

    Súil eile ar Bhéal Feirste!

  • Dessertspoon

    “people have to be let off, tearful and shaky-legged”

    Why? What on earth were they doing?

  • “should replace the City Hall”

    And what’s your beef with the foremost of the few impressive and iconic buildings in Belfast?

    Best give me time to get strapped in and put on my helmet for low-flying bullshit like “unionist symbol”.

    Christ on a bike!

  • eranu

    “”should replace the City Hall”

    And what’s your beef with the foremost of the few impressive and iconic buildings in Belfast?”

    sssshhhhhh ! if some developer reads this they’ll probably launch some kind of signature project and knock down the city hall and build a hotel and apartments on the site, thus preserving the sites historical treasures!

    cant wait for a go on the belfast eye, although “Lots of people have to be let off, tearful and shaky-legged” reminds me more of a ride i was on in orlando where you pull a couple of g upside down 🙂

  • Wee slabber

    Should it not be called the Belfast Ock Eye!

  • Hogan

    “Welcome to Belfast……If you look over to your left you can see Maginesses bar where a man was brutally murdered 3 years ago…. just to right of that is the village area where people from ethnic minorities always recieve a traditional ‘warm’ Belfast welcome….. Not forgeting the piece de resistance, the holylands, where the rats/people from Tyrone ratio is the highest in western europe….”

  • BonarLaw

    …and you know they’re from Tyrone by their sports wear of choice…

  • RG Cuan

    Best give me time to get strapped in and put on my helmet for low-flying bullshit like “unionist symbol”.

    Talk about paronoia! CHEKOV, take a chill pill.

    It was a tongue-in-cheek reference to some of this less-than-impressive representatives in Belfast City Hall. And i wouldn’t knock down the building itself but it’s hardly magnificent.

  • Séamaí

    Bit over the top there Chekov. The City Hall is alright, even impressive on a nice day, although i can’t say the same about the flag flying from it.

    I commend the stance taken by the Belfast Eye by not erecting any contentious symbols 😉 Hope it doesn’t affect the Christmas Market!

  • snakebrain

    Is the Continental Market definitely coming back? I hope so, I love it.

  • pat

    Bringing back the continental market is a must this christmas.

    Can’t wack a hot bowl of sauerkraut on a cold Monday lunchtime in December.

    As regards the big wheel, people will soon get sick of it.

  • Rapunsel

    Eye looks great and will probably have a go with the weans. WRT the Christmas Market– its a good spectacle and enjoyable to go around on a cold day but I have found many of the items to be overpriced. I suppose that’s hardly surprising given the costs for the stall holders.

  • nmc

    The market will be back, check out the City Hall website. The entire month of December if memory serves, good place to go for a German beer while the missus collects xmas pressies.

  • “by not erecting any contentious symbols”

    I don’t know about erecting contentious symbols on the wheel but they seemed all set to hoist Ian Paisley Junior on the wheel on Saturday afternoon. He was loitering with intent and several of his offspring at the entrance.