Irish guide sparks outrage with April Fool’s ‘disturbing’ joke after claiming Cliffs of Moher would be lowered 90 meters to give ‘jumpers a better survival rate’
- Ireland’s tourism listings site apologizes for April Fool’s ‘disturbing’ suicide message
- The ‘jumpers’ referred to after claiming that the height of the nearby Cliffs of Moher would be reduced by 200 meters
- Enraged social media users expressed disgust at the ‘mean’ and ‘insensitive’ post
- For confidential support, call Samaritans on 116123 or visit samaritans.org
An Irish guide has been forced to apologize to social media users for their ‘disturbing’ April Fool post about suicide.
Yesterday to Facebook, the page called ‘Doolin – Visit Doolin’ caused outrage after they claimed that the local Cliffs of Moher tourist site would be lowered 90 meters to give “ jumpers a better chance of survival. ”
The post, which was still on display this morning, read: ‘Health and safety changes from Cliffs of Moher will result in the height of cliffs being reduced by 200 meters.
“This may distract the consumer experience of Doolin Pier rubberneckers, but the jumpers who haven’t read the Samitarist signs will at least have a much better chance of survival.”
And many social media users were quick to voice their disgust for the ‘mean’ and ‘insensitive’ post – with one insistence: ‘Get it away. Both the wording and the image are completely irresponsible. Not paying attention to those struggling with suicidal thoughts or families who have lost a loved one to suicide. ‘
An Irish tourism listings site has forced itself to apologize to social media users for their ‘disturbing’ April Fool post about suicide. Pictured, Cliffs of Moher
Taking to Facebook yesterday (pictured), the page called ‘Doolin – Visit Doolin’ caused outrage after claiming that the local Cliffs of Moher tourist site would be lowered 90 meters to give ‘jumpers a better survival rate’
A second commented, “I really can’t believe my eyes. Bad taste doesn’t even cover it … I don’t know how this is a bit humorous … disgraceful and utterly disrespectful, ‘while a third added:
“As a person with mental health problems, I find this post very disturbing .. I have a good sense of humor, but this is very hurtful to many people, families and relationships of suicide victims in particular .. Shameful ..”
The entire page seems to have since been taken down and after the response, the team behind the Facebook page apologized and wrote: ‘Hi fans. Looks like one of our members posted a post on April 1st, while humor meant it, it may have offended some … If anyone was offended I will fire flak. Niamh. ‘
The Facebook page appears to be listed as a local travel site with a number of businesses in the north Clare village of Clare on the site and linked to a website called www.visitdoolin.ie.
Another Doolin social media page, separate from ‘Doolin – Visit Doolin’, wrote: ‘Another page claiming to represent local businesses in Doolin posted an outrageous and disturbing status on their page yesterday as an April Fool’ joke ‘. This was no joke. ‘The page has since been deleted but has been republished with the offensive posts removed by the page’s administrator’ (photo)
Elsewhere, another Doolin social media page separate from ‘Doolin – Visit Doolin’ written: *** IMPORTANT NOTICE *** – Updated *** Hi everyone – another page claiming to represent local businesses in Doolin posted yesterday an outrageous and disturbing status on their page as an April Fool’s “joke”. This was no joke.
“The page has since been deleted but has been republished with the offensive posts removed by the page administrator.”
The ‘Doolin – Visit Doolin’ page is NOT endorsed by Doolin Tourism or promoted by us, and certainly does NOT represent the local Doolin community. ‘
“It has been a long, continuous struggle for Doolin Tourism and our community to permanently remove the offending page and the other pages associated with it as this is causing extreme stress for our community and now for the wider public.
One person who went to the comment section wrote, ‘What kind of person does it take to even think that way, let alone post it, worry’
An Garda Síochána has been made aware of the situation on numerous occasions over the years, but has said there is nothing they can do. Facebook continues to allow this page to share hate speech and troubling content.
“We hope that what happened yesterday will not be repeated and that the offending page will be permanently removed by Facebook.”
Many thanked the Doolin Tourism page for clarifying that the offending Facebook page had been removed, while others said it was ‘too late’ because the post had already caused ‘a lot of damage’.
‘What kind of person does it take to even think like that, let alone post, worry,’ one wrote, ‘while a second wrote,’ We were so disgusted with this webpage that we thought about calling Doolin all the way on our 2022 visit.
“We look forward to enjoying a pint at O’Connor’s pub.”
For confidential support, call Samaritans on 116123 or visit samaritans.org