Pet day in the park
WHEN the sun is out and the mercury is heading for the late teens, there's only one thing for a child and her pet dog to do -- take a rest.
And little Eva Shannon, aged 18 months, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, did just that in St Stephen's Green yesterday with her dog, Cory.
The pair, pictured above by Damien Eagers, were among hundreds taking advantage of the unseasonably warm and sunny weather.
They included Christopher Thompson, right, who found an unusual friend when he sat down to relax, and Elena de Frutos, below, from Madrid, Spain.
There is more sunshine to come into the weekend, according to weather forecasters.
The blue skies and longer evenings that have lifted our spirits over the past few days will continue for a few more. But a slight chill will creep in and temperatures will drop after reaching a high of up to 18C today.
And although the slightly lower temperatures will hang around for a few days, we can at least look forward to an even longer stretch in the evenings.
Summer time will officially begin when the clock goes forward one hour at 1am on Sunday.
Met Eireann said today would start reasonably sunny, with temperatures ranging between 13 and 18C.
There will be further sunny spells tomorrow and Sunday as well as some cloud and scattered showers.
"We won't be getting the sunshine we've had but it will be reasonably sunny and dry," said a Met Eireann meteorologist.
She predicted more unsettled weather next week.
Meanwhile, 5,000 volunteers will be the streets today to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
This year's Daffodil Day aims to raise €3.8m for patient services and night nursing for more than 2,000 families who are looking after someone in advanced stages of the illness.