CONSUMERS will gorge on enough Easter eggs this weekend to fuel more then 400,000 marathons while filling over 1,500 articulated lorries with packaging, a new survey reveals.
Meanwhile as many as 80pc of Irish people will give an average of three people Easter egg gifts this weekend.
The study, conducted last month on behalf of Repak recycling also found that more than 17million Easter eggs were sold here last year, for total spend of €36.6m. That translates to an average of roughly four eggs per person for the entire population.
The IReach survey also found that only a minority of people – or three in 10 – plan to drink alcohol today, Good Friday, with men, young adults and Dubliners expected to imbibe the most over the bank holiday weekend.
But the good news is the weather will be dry and settled for most of the weekend, so it can't be used as an excuse to avoid burning off those Easter egg calories.
Today will be sunny and dry everywhere with daytime highs of between 11C and 15C, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.
It will stay dry on Saturday but clouds and possible drizzle will move in to western coastal areas by Saturday evening.
Sunday will remain mostly dry, although clouds will move in from the northeast in the late afternoon and evening with rain developing in the south and southeast overnight.
However the weather will change on Easter Monday as rain moves in from the south and conditions become less settled, she said.
Meanwhile, more than a quarter of a million passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport this weekend, an increase of 13pc over last year.
"The large increase in passengers travelling from Good Friday (April 18) until Easter Monday (April 21) is due in part to the 14 new services which started recently, as well as extra capacity on many existing routes from Dublin Airport," said Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) spokeswoman Siobhán O'Donnell.
The Canary Islands and Turkey are the popular sunshine destinations this Easter.
Passengers are advised to check their airline's websites for flight updates prior to their arrival at the airport, and to allow lots of time once there due to the high volume of passengers expected.