In spite of the cold weather, Dubliners didn't all sit by the fire on St Stephen's Day. Instead they were out and about taking part in a range of events and activities.

It was not a white Christmas, but it was a cold one. Windsurfers in Dún Laoghaire braved the freezing waters to raise money for the local lifeboat service.

At the RDS Dog Show over a thousand dogs along with their owners entered the dog show competition. One breeder admitted

You must be mad to come to a show like this after Christmas.

Labour Party TD Ruairí Quinn joined the Wren Boys in Sandymount, singing and dancing and collecting money for charity.

Madness on Saint Stephen's Day takes many forms. This and the type of madness that loses you money.

At Leopardstown Races, while a million pounds changed hands, it wasn’t the best day yet for the bookmakers, with Terry Rogers declaring that,

The Irish people are pacing themselves over four days.

An RTÉ News report by Gerry Reynolds broadcast on 26 December 1986.