Byline: SARAH BARDON
THE Apple iPad went on sale in Irish shops yesterday - with eager fans queuing from early hours.
Up to 70 technology lovers waited outside Compu b, near Dublin's Grafton Street, to get their hands on the device.
Richard Arnold, from Clonskeagh, was first in line as he had been there since just before 6am.
He said: "I was surprised there weren't more people here. In London they were queuing for days before."
Mr Arnold was there to buy the 32GB, 3G model for his mother. He said: "My dad's had one for a few months now - he bought one in America. I think she saw it and got a bit jealous."
Jack Gleeson, from Finglas, was funding his iPad purchase with the proceeds from the sale of his CD collection.
He said: "I had about 600 CDs and brought them into Gamestop.
"I got credit for them, and bought a laptop for EUR500, sold it for EUR400, got a PlayStation for EUR300 and sold it for EUR200.
"I ended up with EUR600, and that's how I'm justifying it.
"I'll use it just for fun, as an internet browsing device. I don't think it's going to replace the laptop."
The iPad is available in three versions - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB - and is available in models that have Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G. The 16GB entry-level model with …