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Bargain hunters descend on Guiney’s as landmark store kicks off closing-down sale

It was bargains galore at Guiney’s today as the iconic Talbot Street store liquidation sale got into full swing.

Shoppers queued in the rain to be let in as half-price offers tempted them from all corners of the city.

Armed with prams, buggies and daughters to help carry their haul home, shoppers were pleased with their savings but sad to see Guiney’s, which was located at 79-80 on Talbot Street, closing down for good.

“I run a hostel on Gardiner Street and have been shopping in Guiney’s for more than 20 years,” said Ann Walsh.

“Today I bought a load of duvet covers and saved around €350, and I’ll be back before the week is out for sheets and things,” she added.

“Guiney’s have always been good to us, and we have got everything and anything there fromn bins to toilet roll holders to bedding, and all good quality at a good price,” Ann explained.

“I have to get bedclothes in poly-cotton so they can wash and wash and wash, and they’ve always given us 10pc off on bulk orders,” she added.

“Guiney’s is an iconic Dublin store and it shows how bad the recession is when people can’t even afford cheap things any more,” Ann said.

“I was shocked when it went into liquidation. I thought it would be there forever,” she added.

Security staff had to lock the doors at times to stop more shoppers coming in so that the queues at the cash desks could clear such was the demand for a bit of a bargain.

Another woman who did well was Breda Donoghue from Coolock, although after an hour queueing to pay for her bargains she couldn’t wait for her smoke when she got outside.

“I saved about €100 today,” she added, surveying the numerous bags at hr feet as she dragged on the hard-earned cigarette.

Moments later, her daughter Dora (25) emerged from the throng beaming with bargain fever.

“I got two duvets, two dog beds and two jackets for €20,” she smiled before helping her mother up the road with all their bags.

Susan Meier from Ballybough had to bring a children’s buggy to help her with her swag of two lamps, bedspreads, a clothes horse, four tea towels, and two candle gift sets.

“All this cost me just €34 so I’m delighted. I’ll be sad to see Guiney’s go,” she said.