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Bargain hunters bid farewell to Guineys

THEY came for the memories as well as the bargains, writes Breda Heffernan.

A queue of shoppers snaked outside Guiney & Co on Talbot Street as the Dublin institution bade farewell to its legions of loyal fans after 90 years as one of the city's best loved stores.

Cordless kettles and 15-tog duvets, half-price bras and 24-piece cutlery sets, frying pans, coal skuttles and ladies' coats were among the bargains on offer.

The shop was part of Clerys, which was bought by a US investment firm last month. It officially closed its doors following the takeover and yesterday a team of liquidators moved in to run an 'everything must go' sale. The remaining Guineys stores on Talbot Street, which are under separate ownership, continue to trade.

On a cold and dank morning, the first shoppers started queuing before the shop opened at 9.30am.

Once inside, it was a dash round the aisles checking out bargains -- winter duvets proving a popular purchase.

Irish Independent