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Monday 23 July 2018

Bread alert strikes as shoppers grab dough

James Byrne from Kildare Civil Defence helps deliver bread and milk to people trapped by the snow in Kilteel, Co Kildare during Storm Emma. Picture: Damien Eagers
James Byrne from Kildare Civil Defence helps deliver bread and milk to people trapped by the snow in Kilteel, Co Kildare during Storm Emma. Picture: Damien Eagers
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The obsession with bread during a cold snap continues apace. The thick carpet of snow on the ground yesterday prompted some nervous shoppers to go into 'bread alert' mode again.

During Storm Emma, there were scenes of panic in many towns as bread supplies ran short and bakeries started working extra shifts to keep up with the demand for sliced pans.

Yesterday, Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland posted a tweet of the bare bread shelves in his local SuperValu in Knocklyon, Dublin.

"Ah here, lads. This is a bit dysfunctional," he wrote, saying people had gone straight into "apocalypse mode".

He told the Irish Independent he hadn't been looking for bread himself, but spotted the shelves in Knocklyon while looking for other items.

"The snow did prove to be disruptive, especially in north Kildare and north Wicklow, but it's a one-day event, I can't see the need for bulk buying," he added.

In Eurospar at Fairview, Dublin, the shelves were also empty.

"We would usually have plenty of bread but the demand has been high today," said one worker.

SuperValu in Talbot Street in the city centre was also out of sliced pans, but the branch in Killester had some supplies, as did the Tesco Express in ClareHall.

Irish Independent

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