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'It's Christmas' - fans get their fast-food fix as big macs return

Gardai patrol as McDonald's reopening sparks traffic chaos

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Gardai control the traffic at McDonald’s, Kylemore Road. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardai control the traffic at McDonald’s, Kylemore Road. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Gardai control the traffic at McDonald’s, Kylemore Road. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardai had to keep an eye on six McDonald's drive-throughs across Dublin yesterday as demand for fast-food led to traffic chaos.

Tailbacks caused long delays for hungry motorists as Big Macs became available for the first time in eight weeks.

A line of traffic filled Kyle- more Road in Inchicore, Nutgrove in Rathfarnham and Artane after the drive-throughs opened at 11am yesterday.

"Cars have been moved on if they were causing an obstruction to traffic. There are no issues outstanding at this time," a garda spokesman said last night.

Queuing was minimal at Malahide Road in Coolock early in the morning, and the Herald managed to grab a Big Mac meal in just 10 minutes, but traffic grew shortly afterwards.

One customer took to social media to complain about the volume of cars later in the day.

Insane

"There are currently five staff outside directing traffic for McDonald's on the Malahide Road. Absolutely nuts. I just wanted to go to the pet shop," they wrote.

A driver in Nutgrove wrote: "The queue into McDonald's here is insane. People can't even get into Nutgrove itself. Traffic is mental down that way."

A young woman posted a frustrated tweet yesterday evening as queues showed no sign of easing off.

"The queue for McDonald's Artane is actually madness. There have to be better things to be doing today," she wrote.

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Angie Gallegos and Virginia Garcia at Krispy Kreme, Blanchardstown

Angie Gallegos and Virginia Garcia at Krispy Kreme, Blanchardstown

Angie Gallegos and Virginia Garcia at Krispy Kreme, Blanchardstown

McDonald's had said before opening that if there were any queues causing "disruption at busier sites", it would consider closing some drive-throughs.

A number of drivers became so frustrated that they sounded their horns in an attempt to hurry queues along.

The first customer to bag himself a McDonald's yesterday in Coolock was electrician Darren Mulligan (33).

"I've been dying for a McDonald's, so I made sure to get here early," he said.

"It's like Christmas to get one. My girlfriend is going to be so jealous.

"I got chicken nuggets and I can't wait to tuck into them. It's just a small thing, but this is how we're living now, so any little treat helps.

"I wasn't put off by the PPE because this is the new normal now, isn't it? If we can try to enjoy the smaller things as much as we can, it's going to get us through this until things improve."

There were steady queues at the drive-throughs throughout the day.

Each restaurant was opening until 11pm, and staff were praised by customers for their professionalism.

At 11am, a staff member wearing a surgical mask removed a barrier to open up the drive-through in Coolock and a line of cars nosed into the two-lane service area.

Meanwhile, American doughnut franchise Krispy Kreme opened its drive-through in Blanchardstown to give frontline workers a sweet treat.

Gardai, healthcare workers and members of the fire brigade were all welcome to drop by and pick up doughnuts and hot drinks.

From Monday, the outlet will open to the public for a takeaway-only service.