More than 5,000 eggs were quietly placed around the main square and streets of Kilrush in a stealthy early morning mission undertaken by the local Tesco store.
People making their way to early Mass or to the shop for the papers were eggstatic and couldn’t believe what they were seeing and weren’t sure how to react.
The top secret operation got under way at 4.30am with decorated nets of chocolate eggs left around the town where they could easily be retrieved by locals.
Kilrush was the only town in the country chosen for the special treat and followed a long year during which the area was hit hard by winter storms.
Kilrush Tesco store manager Ms Noelle Cotter, said: “The team at Tesco Kilrush wanted to bring some cheer back into the town after the long year we’ve had. It was really lovely to see the surprise and delight on the faces of the children of Kilrush. A big thank you to the Easter Bunny, who certainly created a real buzz and lots of happiness around the town.”
Mayor of Kilrush Councillor Paul Moroney said: “It was an amazing sight altogether. It was Christmas morning on Easter Sunday, it was such an unexpected surprise. I got a text around 8.15am and was told it might be interesting to drive into town for a look. I brought my children with me and we were absolutely amazed. There were nets of eggs hanging from trees, door handles, just everywhere. It was an incredible surprise.
“We went to Mass at 10am and even the priest was talking about how great it was that people were thinking of others on Easter Sunday. Everyone was talking about it and will be for a long to come too.”
Local businessman Patrick Bourke said: “It’s a fantastic thing to do and it’s great that Tesco had the idea. It was a very nice and unexpectedly treat for the town but especially for the children of course.”