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Black Monday? Hundreds queue up for St Stephen's Day sales

Thousands of people have descended on Ireland’s shopping hubs hoping to pick up bargains.

RENAMED BLACK FRIDAY, the day after Thanksgiving is America’s biggest shopping day and it seems the holiday tradition may be making its way across the Atlantic…just a little later in the year.

The custom of Boxing Day sales has gained traction in the UK in the past few years and it seems Ireland is following suit.

For the third consecutive year, shops across the country have opened their doors on St Stephen’s Day.

Clery’s, Brown Thomas and Arnotts were among the large department stores that started their sales today. However, it was NEXT and River Island that opened their doors first – at 6am and 8am respectively.

Despite the holiday, hundreds of dedicated shoppers started queueing outside the stores this morning in the hope of picking up some bargains.

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    A queue of about 250 people queued this morning outside Arnotts department store on Henry Street in Dublin, including a tired Saoirse McElvaney from Blanchardstown (right) who was first in line, and queued from 5pm on Christmas Day. Handbags were the main attraction this morning with up to 70 per cent off. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    A shopper on Oxford Street, in central London, as high street stores open for the traditional Boxing Day sales.
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    Shoppers in Selfridges, on Oxford Street, central London, as the department store opens its doors.
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    Catfight! Shoppers actually argue in Selfridges, on Oxford Street.
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    Shoppers rush into Selfridges.
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    A young woman waits to pay for her items at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
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    Shoppers queue outside the Next Shoeroom in Manchester.
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    Next Kids Sale.
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    Shoppers on Henry Street were up early this morning with the NEXT sale starting at 6am. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    A store assistant hoovers the inside of Clerys department store on O'Connell Street in Dublin as shoppers wait to enter for the St Stephens Day sales. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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