If you've ever been around Dublin, odds are you've been walking along, minding your own business, and suddenly had a barrage of roars from tourists driving by on a yellow amphibious truck.
Viking Splash Tours have been a familiar sight on Dublin's streets for years now, but it's looking like they could soon be no more as the company behind the tourist attraction is now facing liquidation. According to a report by the Irish Times, the owners are hoping a buyer will step in and offer the company a lifeline to continue operating.
Since March of this year, the Viking Splash Tours have been halted due to COVID-19 measures and social distancing guidelines. There is hope, however, that buyers will step and rescue the tourist attraction, as prior to the pandemic, the business was considered profitable.
In the meantime, Dubliners have been sharing their memories of being accosted by the Viking Splash Tour buses. Here's some of our favourites.
On a school tour on Viking splash, we waved at a nun and she gave us the finger... good times
— Anna🎄 (@anna_lea23) November 14, 2020
I’ll never forget the time I walked out of Off Beat Donuts on Westland Row with a box in hand and a passing Viking Splash Tours roared “you’re not gonna eat all those yourself!?”
— Not Economically Viable Man (@stephenride) November 14, 2020
I’m going to genuinely miss being screamed at on the street by groups of happy tourists. Goodbye Viking Splash, the city center just wont be the same without you
— Mystic Megg (@megg_brady) November 14, 2020
Viking Splash is no more it seems.
One time their guide passing me told the tourists I was Conor McGregor.
Another time I was an example of a "typical dublin hipster, in his natural habitat" 😂
— Fight Landlords, Join CATU (@OisinOD) November 14, 2020
I fondly remember the time that a viking splash tour guide referred to me saying "There's Justin Bieber!", and sang the chorus to Baby whilst his entire tour group laughed.
A tragic loss. https://t.co/gTbISATspb
— mrmlde (@marmulades) November 14, 2020
There was an RTÉ news report from the 4 courts... it was to announce a jail sentence for a vicious murder. As the grave faced reporter looked into the camera, detailing the sentence, the Viking splash went by and everyone went “waaaaaay”
— mj (@blagatha) November 14, 2020