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As it's Easter Monday and a public holiday (and the majority of the shops were closed yesterday), we know that more than a few might have to re-stock the essentials for today and the rest of the week ahead – you can only solidly eat chocolate for so many hours, after all.

If you were out last night, you may also need hangover provisions, and there's nothing quite as disappointing as walking to the shop for thise tortilla chips only to find that your trusty local is closed. 

So, if you're wondering exactly how long the supermarkets stay open for today, we've put together a quick list of the opening times in one place.

Though shoppers should also take note that opening hours in some regions are localised, and that it is probably best to check your nearest store in case there are any differences/changes before you leave the house:    

Aldi 

Easter Monday, April 2 – 9am-9pm

 

Lidl

Easter Monday, April 2 – 9am-9pm

 

Dunnes Stores

The majority of stores are open from about 10am-7pm but again, this will vary slightly on a store to store basis so use this handy store locator to find your local Dunnes hours.

 

Tesco

Most stores are open from about 7am-11pm but you can use the online store finder here to check the exact hours for your local Tesco store.

 

Super Valu

Super Valu stores will also differ depending – so make sure to check your local store on this locator for opening hours today. 

 

Marks & Spencer 

Marks & Spencer's 17 Irish stores' opening hours will vary over Easter Monday. See HERE for more details

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At one point or another as children, we were all led astray by some loud-mouthed classmate who insisted that 'scrambled eggs are made from baby chickens.'

But it turns out that there might be some truth in that urban myth, as one shopper in the Netherlands recently discovered.

Alwyn Wils had read online that not all supermarket eggs came unfertilised, and decided to put the theory to the test. Lo and behold, after placing a dozen shop-bought quail eggs in an incubator for a month, one of them hatched into a healthy chick.

Sorry, WHAT?

Yup, you heard us right – his name is Albert and he's a happy, healthy quail chick. 

In order for an egg to be fertilised, the hen and rooster must mate prior to the formation of the egg. According to farming experts, in rare cases when a bird is not 'sexed' properly (i.e. a male is allowed onto a farm under the assumption that he is a female), mating can occur without the error being discovered.

"Friends and family think Albert is very cool and they think it's great way of thinking – that not everything is impossible if you give it a try sometimes," says Alwyn, who has even set up a YouTube channel for little Albert.

This isn't the first time a chick has been hatched from shop-bought eggs, either. Back in 2008, a women in Cheshire successfully hatched a tiny quail chick after incubating two dozen eggs.

"I came home and I couldn’t believe it when I found this little quail chick about the size of a grape scuttling around the pen," Caroline Aspin said of the extraordinary incident.

Well now. You'll think twice before your next omelette, we bet.

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