Weather-predicting postman delivers 'super summer' forecast
HE chillingly predicted the Big Freeze of 2011 and other major weather events, but now postman Michael Gallagher says we will have reason to celebrate this summer.
The postman and author from Glenfin, Co Donegal, has gained a national reputation for accurately predicting weather based on the patterns of animals.
Mr Gallagher (pictured) says nature appears to be telling us to expect a good summer this year. "Animals have gone to the mountains which is a good sign," he said.
Mr Gallagher, who has been predicting the weather for 30 years, said another tell-tale sign was he hasn't heard "the cry of the curlew" yet. The distinctive cry of the water hen is, according to folklore, a harbinger of bad weather.
"The old people say the curlew is a sign of rain and I didn't hear the curlew yet this year," said the author of 'Old Traditional Weather Signs'. "I'm not saying we'll have a heatwave, but we'll have a super summer."
He made his predictions as a special guest of SuperValu, which hosted a barbecue in Dublin's Herbert Park to celebrate a massive spike in its sales of barbecue foods and ice cream during the sunny weather in June.
Fellow guest and TG4 meteorologist Mairead Ni Chuaig said that while she wouldn't be making any predictions for the summer ahead, much of the country could expect a soggy weekend.