Staff and shoppers at a village supermarket were forced to flee the store -- after 40,000 bees took up residence there.
The native black Irish honey bees set up home at the entrance to Lafferty's Supermarket in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal.
The shop had to close for almost four hours while experts removed them.
Supermarket owner Danny Lafferty said there were so many bees swarming around the shop, it looked like a storm cloud.
"I looked outside and I could see people waving their arms outside. It looked like it was snowing for a while," he said.
"Then I looked closer and I could see this cloud of bees. Needless to say a lot of people were afraid to come near the shop for the afternoon while they were here," he said.
No one was stung during the incident and Mr Lafferty called a local beekeeper, who arrived with equipment to get rid of the swarm.
"There is still a perception out that that bees sting but it rarely happens. Most bees are so full of honey that they wouldn't have the energy," the beekeeper said.