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Postman predicts a white St Patrick's Day

DON'T stick those winter woolies in the attic just yet, writes Anita Guidera.

Ireland's most famous amateur weather forecaster is predicting a white St Patrick's Day.

Rural postman Michael Gallagher, who studies nature to predict the weather, confirmed yesterday that a severe cold front, which is on its way, could result in snow next week.

The Donegal man, who lives in Glenfin, said the first danger sign was the early arrival of spring. His predictions, which have been confirmed by professional forecasters, are for a severe cold snap in the coming days. "I even think that St Patrick could be white, never mind green, this year," he said.

The postman, whose accurate prediction of a white Christmas cost bookmakers over €80,000, claims to have forecast the last two white Christmases.

He said people should pay more attention to nature. "Nature is rarely wrong."

"Even after the snow I think we are in for a lot of very bad storms," he warned.

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