Cork retailers thanked their stars for cold and crisp weather that helped make the traditional Christmas shopping day a roaring success on Friday.
Crowds built up early on December 8, with shops reporting a brisk trade from the morning onwards.
“It has been a good day, busy all morning,” Pam O’Regan of Saville Menswear told the Evening Echo.
“Even though people say it isn’t the huge day it was before, there has been a great old buzz around since morning time.
“Whether it is the weather or maybe psychologically, people do think of it as a shopping day.”
Eddie Mullins of Fitzgeralds Menswear saw the city centre fill up early, with people coming from far beyond the suburbs.
“There is a great crowd in town, the car parks are full,” he said. “It is well up on last year."
“I think what I see is that people are coming back into town for the tradition of it, not necessarily because they have to come in. In Fitzgerald Menswear we have had people in today from Limerick, from Kerry, from Tipperary - it is great.”
Ms O’Regan agreed: "We get a lot of people from Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick, Killarney and Dungarvan, the roads help an awful lot It makes such a difference to have a good road network, it really is huge. It is still a destination, no doubt about it.”
In Nash 19, Claire Nash and her team were busy all day with shoppers refuelling after their splurges.
“I think because of the full week leading up to Christmas the atmosphere has been quite relaxed up until now,” she said. “But I notice a bit of a change in the air today."
“I think the last few weeks could be a bit of a panic but look, it’s fantastic. We all thrive on the buzz," she said.
Mr Mullins summed it up: “I think the important thing is people are back in town because there is a vibrancy about the city again, it is great.”