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Planning some Christmas shopping in Dublin? Check this site before you head in

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20/11/2013. Christmas Shoppers Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

IT’S NOW DECEMBER, and the lights are twinkling in shop windows and the decorations are being pulled down from the attic.

But as Christmas approaches, there’s the small matter of some shopping to attend to.

Wading through crowded shops ladened with presents bought in a panic is never a pleasant experience, but this year there’s a little extra help available for anyone planning to make the trip into Dublin city centre.

A new website called Is Dublin Busy? pulls together open-source travel information on the city.

This ranges from available parking spaces…

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… to traffic cams, giving a sense of whether the city is chocabloc.

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The creative agency who put the site together, In The Company Of Huskies, said so far the data found that heading out early before 11am, or taking advantage of later opening times, will mean you can beat the crowds.

It also quashed the belief that 8 December is the busiest shopping day (dubbed by locals as Culchie Shopping Day, but we won’t hold that against them), finding that the rush to grab some last minutes gifts makes 19 December the busiest.

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