Brendan O'Connor: If only we had the weather...
So apparently this would be a great country, if only we had the weather. And then we get the weather, and, true enough, it’s a slightly better country. But with the weather comes the dawning realisation that even when we have the weather, we still have to go to work.
Irish people associate good weather with not going to work. That is because normally, when we encounter good weather we are abroad, on our holidays, and not at work. And normally, in the kind of places Irish people go on holidays abroad, no one seems to be doing any work. People sit around scratching their bellies and talk extravagantly to each other over little cups of coffee.
So we imagine that if we too were to have the weather we too would sit around not doing much apart from animatedly talking to each other. The country would be falling apart around us but we would dismiss it with a Mediterranean shrug. We wouldn’t care because we had the weather.