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Brendan Breathnach owns Bowling & Market women’s fashion store in Galway city

Brendan Breathnach owns Bowling & Market women’s fashion store in Galway city

Wyon Stansfeld and his wife Christel run Pinocchio’s Toys and Gifts near the English Market in Cork city

Wyon Stansfeld and his wife Christel run Pinocchio’s Toys and Gifts near the English Market in Cork city

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Brendan Breathnach owns Bowling & Market women’s fashion store in Galway city

New Covid restrictions are proving to be a mixed bag for Irish retailers, with some doing a roaring trade and others feeling the hit from shuttered nightlife.

Some shops in Dundrum Town Centre are reporting sales as high as 20pc above 2019 levels, according to centre director Don Nugent, with footfall and the average spend per transaction at or above pre-pandemic levels.


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