Trouble in store for shoppers after Clerys says clear-up will take days
STAFF and customers arriving at Clerys in Dublin's O'Connell Street were greeted by a sign telling them of an overnight disaster that befell the store.
Ceilings had caved-in during the deluge that accompanied the dramatic thunder and lighting display over the capital on Wednesday night.
Management said last night it would be days before the store reopened, as they set about assessing the "significant water damage" to the building and its stock.
Meanwhile, customers continued to gather outside, some of them having travelled a fair distance to go shopping.
"I'm waiting here to meet my daughter for coffee. We always come to Clerys when I'm up," said Mary Monaghan from Co Meath. "I don't know where we're going to go now."
Laois native Caroline Churum said: "I've been coming here to meet my friend for lunch every couple of weeks for about 20 years.
"Hopefully, we'll get a good sale if the clothes are half-damaged."
Clerys was not the only northside Dublin institution to fall victim to the downpour.
The roof of the high-dependency unit in the Mater Hospital suffered a minor breach under the weight of the water.
A spokeswoman said no one was hurt in the ceiling collapse, and patients had been temporarily moved elsewhere in the hospital.
She praised quick-thinking nurses who spotted sodden ceiling tiles during the night shift and raised the alarm, preventing potentially much worse damage and injury.
Staff at the National Leprechaun Museum in Jervis Street came to work yesterday morning to find water flowing out the door.
"We have a yard area out the back which flooded and leaked into two of our main rooms," said manager Mark Guerin.
"The giant's room with the oversize furniture is the only room with carpet, so it got the worst."
Staff from neighbouring businesses stepped in to lend mops and wet vacuum cleaners and the museum was able to open for tours at 2pm.
The museum's blurb reads: "Where you will discover the sounds, sights, stories and magic of mythical Ireland."
Now that the more than two-week-long heatwave is over, visitors to the capital have also discovered Ireland's mythical summers.