Frozen couple 'retiring from sales circuit'
Published 27/12/2010 | 05:00
FREEZING temperatures did little to deter bargain hunters determined to get their hands on cut-price items, even if it meant camping in the street.
About 10 people spent their Christmas night queueing outside popular Dublin department store Clerys in temperatures that dipped as low as minus 13C as the biggest post-Christmas sales in a decade got under way.
Theresa Nolan and her husband Liam Maher, from the Navan Road, Co Dublin, queued all night outside the store on O'Connell Street with only a sleeping bag and a thermos to keep warm in the hope of getting their hands on a luxury €1,799 item that was being sold for just €1.
They also bagged a plasma screen television for €99.
The couple queue every year for the sales but said this time they were "absolutely frozen".
"It was incredibly cold. We did it last year too and that was not half as bad. We are retiring now from the sales circuit," said Mr Maher.
By opening time at 10am yesterday, more than 100 shoppers had lined up outside Clerys.
There were a few rows about who had queued for the longest time and who was more entitled to be among the lucky 10 shoppers who would get into the store first.
"Baltic", was how Wayne Maguire from Dublin described his long night outside the shop.
Mr Maguire was also hoping to pick up a bed and a television while another shopper, Angela Woolhead from Leixlip, who had been in the line since 6am, was hoping to get a laptop.
A Clerys' spokeswoman said: "We are really pleased with yesterday's turnover. We had more people queueing this year than last, which is very positive.
"It was very busy all day and it's looking really good for trading figures."