Saturday 17 February 2018

Summer's here (kind of) - 9 things Irish people are guaranteed to do this weekend

Oscar Moloney

Lads, the weather! The sun is on its way. Temperatures are set to hit heights of 23 degrees. Yes, summer has begun!

Find a Beer Garden

Be honest, you’ve already sent the call out on social media haven’t you?  The annual search for the sunniest beer garden kicks off today and we’ll all spend the evening chasing that solitary sliver of sunlight across town.  If we do manage to nab our five minutes of rays we’ll shiver happily and post a blinky selfie before it’s gone again for another year... 

Order pints of cider - with ice

No matter what your usual beverage of choice, there’s something about a ray of Irish sunlight that compels the words, ‘Pint bottle of [insert brand here] cider please, with ice,’ to tumble from your mouth.

Attempt to sunbathe

Take full advantage!  While most of us are happy to get a few forehead freckles, the terminally sun-starved will take any opportunity to  get a ‘base’ or top up their tan.  Spot them languishing on their apartment balconies or sporting bikinis down at Dollymount.

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Which leads us to number 4...

Realise they’re sunburnt

While many strapping young Irishmen and women can tan, there are of course many of us who just can’t but still try anyway or, more likely, just forget the sunscreen.  Prepare to see a few embarrassed lobsters sidling around the office tomorrow.

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A rather sunburned back. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Dress down

Suddenly we think we live in Cape Town not Courtown and it’s acceptable to wear flip flops to meetings and crop tops to mass.  Men of a certain age will undoubtedly be sporting the trend that just won’t die – the socks and sandals combo.

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The lower part of men's feet in white socks and sandals

And...

Bare their chests

They’ve been working hard in the gym and it’s time for the buff young men of Ireland to exhibit their wares.  In fact, they’ll exhibit their manly wares whether they’ve hit the gym or not.  Puff that chest out, pull the belly in, sure nobody will notice the difference.

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Get a 99

When the weather gets warmer the nostalgia for childhood summers by the beach kicks in and we’ve just got to have a classic 99 cone.  Twas far from Magnums and Oreo sandwiches you were reared.

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47. A '99' at Teddy's

Whip out the BBQ

If you're thinking about heading down to SuperValu or Dunnes or your local Spar to pick up a selection of meats to lob on the barbeque you're already too late.  Expect to find empty aisles as the entire country stocks up for a feast as though it's the apocalypse.  The condiments section will also be culled.  Sales of those A4 size disposable barbeques (which cook precisely one steak and two sausages at a time) will go through the roof too.

Find the nearest body of water

The first glint of sunlight sees bodies of water from the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire to the pier in Galway teeming with the bodies of the younger generations of Ireland as pier jumping becomes the (often highly dangerous and not recommended) pastime of choice. 

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