Despite the demands of Christmas, there was still plenty of cash in circulation, as shoppers headed to the sales at Dublin's department stores..
By 9.30 am on Saint Stephen's Day, Clery's on Dublin's O'Connell Street was packed with bargain hunters.
There was an added attraction of a free breakfast for the first one hundred customers in the queue, once their shopping splurge was over. The excitement proved all too much for one young shopper who had accompanied his parents to town. Fortunately, a clothing display provided a suitable location for a nap. Unusually, the number of men making purchases equalled that of women.
Manager of Clery’s Tom Rae described the day as
The best sale we’ve had for a long number of years.
An RTÉ News Report by Hugh Moran broadcast on 27 December 1986.