Sunday 25 September 2016

Was yesterday the last day of Ireland's summer?

Patrick Kelleher and Jane O'Faherty

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Eva O’Beirne, Dylan Kerr and Megan Russell at Stradbally Lake in Co Laois. The lake will be open to festivalgoers at this year’s Electric Picnic. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie
Eva O’Beirne, Dylan Kerr and Megan Russell at Stradbally Lake in Co Laois. The lake will be open to festivalgoers at this year’s Electric Picnic. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

It was, perhaps, the last day of Ireland's summer sunshine - and the crowds were out in force, determined to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of the good weather.

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Forecasters predict the sunshine is about to come grinding to a halt, with rain rolling into the east today. Heavier rain will hit the Atlantic coastal areas later in the day.

Jenny Blayney from Ranelagh gets set for some kitesurfing on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jenny Blayney from Ranelagh gets set for some kitesurfing on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Tony Gavin

Temperatures will plunge as low as 10C tonight after two days when the mercury has been in the mid-20s, and heavy thunderstorms will become commonplace as we head into the weekend.

Workers lucky enough to have booked some time off flocked to the parks and beaches to soak up what was left of the summer, and the good weather has also been great for the more adventurous, outdoors types among us.

Beautiful

Dollymount Strand was filled with kitesurfers yesterday on what is likely to be one of the last beautiful days of the 2016 Irish summer.

Max McInerney (14) reaches for the blue sky as he enjoys the heatwave at Cavan Skate Park. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Max McInerney (14) reaches for the blue sky as he enjoys the heatwave at Cavan Skate Park. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Mark Schuetze (35), from Germany, has lived in Ireland for five years and started kitesurfing shortly before he arrived - but it wasn't until he experienced Ireland's usually less-than-favourable climate that he really got into it.

"When you're out there and you're just riding along, it just frees the mind - and you get to fly, that's the best part," he told the Irish Independent.

Jennie Blayney from Ranelagh was also excited as she prepared to go out kitesurfing at the strand, where she first went for lessons in the sport.

Meanwhile, Kevin Duffy from Mayo headed to Grand Canal Dock for some afternoon adventure in the city. Kevin, who works in a stockbrokers' firm in Dublin, was booked in for a 15-minute cable wakeboarding session with Wakedock.

Eleanor Howley and Charlotte Auty, from Leeds, also in St Stephen’s Green. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eleanor Howley and Charlotte Auty, from Leeds, also in St Stephen’s Green. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"When the weather is good, I try to do it every two weeks," he said. "It's brilliant, because you're always pushing yourself to do more."

Megan Dunne and Kobi the dog enjoy the good weather in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Megan Dunne and Kobi the dog enjoy the good weather in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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