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Friday 23 August 2019

Boost for shops as 'Fiver Friday' is 'biggest ever'

Radio star Joe Duffy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Radio star Joe Duffy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jane Last

Jane Last

RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy says the uptake for this year's 'Fiver Friday' is on course to be the biggest ever.

'Liveline' brought the initiative back in a bid to help smaller businesses across the country get back on their feet after the Beast from the East's wintry blast.

"It's bringing businesses together, and they see that it's not always bigger businesses against smaller businesses," Joe told

"They are seeing the buzz this is getting - and they want to be a part of that.

"If it gets people shopping in their local towns today, they may do it again next Friday or the last Friday of the month."

'Fiver Friday' was started in 2008 to help smaller businesses during the recession.

Joe decided to bring it back to help after the heavy snow.

Bargains include an €800 Dolce & Gabbana dress selling for €5 in a north Dublin boutique, Mattress Mick with some special offers on duvet sets and pillows, and meals for a fiver in restaurants and pubs. Visit for the full list.

The Irish Independent is one of hundreds of businesses getting behind 'Fiver Friday' today and have two special offers.

A one-month subscription to the Irish Independent and 'Sunday Independent' digital editions - normally €19.99 - will cost just €5 today - visit

Readers can access high-quality prints from our Irish Independent archive for just €5 in one of three sizes - A4, 12x12 or 12x8, including free worldwide shipping. Visit

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