Time for some blue-sky thinking
* HOW much are we influenced and shaped by the weather? I am convinced that the principal reason Ireland has produced so many great writers, never mind Nobel laureates, is because of the introspection and reflection that being trapped inside, under a lowering sky, instills.
Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, James Joyce and Brian O'Nolan honed their craft while sitting in the snugs and smoky booths of the city, taking respite from the damp, all-pervasive gloom outside.
So how will we cope with the forecast 10 days of clear blue skies and serotonin-drenched sunshine?