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COMMENT: The weather can bring out our best and worst

Monday, 9th July, 2018 7:59am

Story by Tony McCullagh
COMMENT: The weather can bring out our best and worst

Life’s a beach... Dubliners have been flocking to the shores to cool off. PHOTO POSED/BIGSTOCK

COMMENT: The weather can bring out our best and worst

Life’s a beach... Dubliners have been flocking to the shores to cool off. PHOTO POSED/BIGSTOCK

WHAT we initially suspected was just typical Leaving and Junior Cert weather, cruelly timed to heap further pressure on the nation’s students, has certainly gone the distance. 

As I write this, the temperature is hovering somewhere in the mid-twenties. That said, by the time we go to press and you get to read this article, the country could be in the grip of another Siberian big freeze. Let’s hope not.

Extreme weather conditions, as we see them, have a tendency to bring out the best and worst in us. Just a few months ago we were being praised by the Government for heeding the red alert that had to be issued when the country was faced with a national bread shortage due to the snow. With the schools closed and families forced to talk to each other, we bravely weathered the storm and prayed that the wi-fi wouldn’t be affected.

While the blizzard-like conditions were certainly dramatic by Irish standards, our foreign cousins and friends in places like Canada and the USA scoffed at our overreaction. “You call that snow, huh?”

For the most part, the current dry spell has been enjoyable, allowing us to dine al fresco and embrace the great outdoors without having to prepare for all weather eventualities. We’ve even been able to swim at Dublin’s beaches, except, of course, the ones that are polluted.

Apart from the few whingers banging about the unbearable heat, most of us seem happier when the sun is shining. Sure isn’t Ireland the best little country in the world when we have the weather?

But even the sun can bring out the dark side in some people: the idiots who discard their litter in parks and on beaches; the brain-dead morons who endanger their dogs by leaving them locked in hot cars; the sunburnt, topless, drunken thugs who flock to Dublin’s scenic spots and cause havoc. These types of people, thankfully, seem to be in the minority. 

Let’s hope that we get just enough rain to replenish our water stocks. After that, bring on the good weather for the rest of July and August!


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