The 8th of December is traditionally the day when people from outside Dublin came to the city to do their Christmas shopping.

It is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which means the Catholic schools were closed so children and their parents came to sample the Christmas atmosphere in Dublin. 

A day of lost children, heavy rain and high turnover.

In 1986 business in the shops in Dublin's city centre was up 10% as an estimated quarter of a million people arrived in the city.

Manager of Clerys department store Tom Rea tells RTÉ News that people were looking to buy practical gifts this year.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 December 1986. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.