Irish still flocking for shopping in New York
Despite recession, bargains drive shoppers
Sheehan smiled when asked was there a budget and said, “We’ll see.”
FOR an Irish train driver and his family, spending a week in New York was a bi-annual family tradition that they had no intention of letting the recession put a stop to it.
Sean Finnerty, his wife, Deirdre and daughters, Saoirse, 11 and Riona, 9, were rifling through the Guess handbags on the ground floor of Macy’s when the Irish Voice caught up with them.
“We love New York and come here every two years,” said Deirdre, a homemaker.
Finnerty, who works with Iarnroid Eireann (Irish Rail) and has suffered pay cuts like the rest of the government employees, said the family saved hard for this holiday.
“To be honest we are staying with family in Flushing which makes it possible for us to be here,” said Finnerty, while holding three bags from Abercrombie and Fitch.
“We usually stay in hotels but they are very expensive so we are lucky to have family here that can put us up, making our trip possible,” he added.
The Finnertys, from Co. Mayo, were in town two days and already had made a good dent in their spending money.
“Oh we’ve already done a lot of shopping,” smiles Deirdre.
“I got a hoodie from Abercrombie,” shares Saoirse holding up her bag.
“I also got t-shirts from Abercrombie,” adds Riona.
Deirdre and her husband had made several purchases for themselves in the all-American lifestyle store too.
“They are mad for Abercrombie in Ireland,” smiles Finnerty.
The Co. Mayo family was also in the market for jeans, shirts and jumpers.
“I’ve also been looking at getting a nice watch,” added Finnerty.
The family spent most of their days in shops and most of their evenings in nice restaurants.
“We’ve gotten used to the fine dining lifestyle in New York and have a few favorite restaurants that we go to when we come here,” said Deirdre.
To afford their trip to New York this year the Finnertys had to skip their annual sun holiday.
“We had to make scarifies somewhere, but we don’t mind at all cause we love New York and this is where the girls love coming to too,” explained Finnerty.
STANDING outside Bank of America, two blocks from Macys, and looking exasperated, were two friends from Co. Donegal.
Nadine Daly and Melissa Bailey were having issues with credit cards and “nearly had heart-failure” when they thought their shopping spree was about to come to an abrupt end.
“I was in the Gap and had about $300 worth of clothes at the counter when the lady said my credit card was refused,” said Daly half angrily, half sadly.
Daly’s bank in Ireland, Bank of Ireland, cancelled her card because they
suspected suspicious activity.
“They cancelled my card because it has never been used in New York before so they thought it was stolen,” she added.
“I’ve spent most of the cash I brought ($1,300) and began using my card today for the final bits and pieces I wanted,” said Daly, who works as a dental secretary.
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