Dublin department stores are busy as people go shopping on the Saint Patrick's Day Bank Holiday Monday.

For the first time in a number of years, St Patrick's Day fell on a Saturday meaning that there would be a Bank Holiday in lieu on Monday. Traders in Dublin city centre advertised well in advance that it would be business as usual on the Bank Holiday Monday in the hope of attracting shoppers to their stores. 

Tom Coffey, Secretary of City Centre Traders, says that trade started off slowly but picked up around lunchtime. He predicts that the shops should take in something similar to a good Saturday. 

Bill Kelly, Sales Manager at Arnotts, says there's a bit of spring in the air as families flock to the city centre. Shoppers are buying communion and confirmation wear.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 March 1984. The reporter is Mary Fanning.