January 15, 2021

Yippie Ki-yay mother-rothar! Waterford cycling club find some traditions die hard after being hit with brilliant April Fools

A letter circulating on social media apparently from the gardai warning a county Waterford cycling clubs’ members to desist from cycling during the Covid-19 emergency is nothing but an elaborate April Fool’s Day hoax – albeit it a quite convincing one if you did not pick up the hints.

Earlier today a letter addressed to the Chairperson of Tramore Wheelers started doing the social media circuit.

In it, the apparent Superintendent of the gardai in Tramore – John McClane – warned the club that the local gardai are “implementing a no cycle policy in the Tramore area.

“This is due mainly to people not respecting the 2km zone for their daily activities.”

In the body, it warned members that if they were found out cycling, they could be handed a €150 on-the-spot fine and have their bikes confiscated.

The letter was circulated to club members, but many did not pick up on the elaborate deception – such as the signatory being John McClane played by Bruce Willis in the Die Hard series of movies.

A member of Tramore Wheelers told Waterfordnow.ie: “It was an April Fools Day prank!” and said they were amazed how far it has travelled.

“It must have been a good one if it got as far as it has. Maybe it was a bit too good.

“Some of the members copped it straight away, others obviously didn’t. We have updated it now and sent around the new version,” they concluded.

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