Aisling O'Connor: Why the Seamus in socks and sandals is part of what we are when sun shines
AN unexpected but welcome bout of sunshine is certainly good for the soul but has a tendency to cause havoc as we Irish grapple with the challenges of living in a hot country. Met Eireann currently has us on Yellow Alert for temperatures in the mid to high 20s. If there was a fashion police warning however, the caution would surely be escalated a couple of levels to red.
Sunlight is supposed to have a powerful effect on mental health. Brighter days foster a positive outlook. Typical of the cliche 'Paddy Irishman' jokes, this weather that's supposed to make us feel better, generates lunacy on a national scale.
The sudden change in the climate on these normally dull shores instigates widespread panic to barbecue, bask and bare. Sales of outdoor grills, paddling pools, and cider go through the roof as the public scrambles to take advantage of the sizzle.