Opinion Sinead Moriarty

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sinead Moriarty: Mad dogs and Irish men (and woman) have a burning issue with the sun

Matt Astrauskas, from Tullamore, wears a hat and covers up for protection from the sun as he enjoys an ice cream on Dollymount Strand
Matt Astrauskas, from Tullamore, wears a hat and covers up for protection from the sun as he enjoys an ice cream on Dollymount Strand
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

AS I walked along the beach yesterday, I overheard two teenagers talking. One asked: "Did you bring any sun cream?" Her friend turned to her, looking shocked and said: "Sure, the Irish sun doesn't burn you."

The girl who said this seemed like a fairly normal person. There was no sign of mental problems or learning difficulties, yet here she was declaring that the 'Irish' sun does not burn you.

The really alarming thing is that she is not alone in that belief. The minute that golden ball appears in the sky, hospitals around the country call in extra staff because so many people believe that the 'Irish' sun does not burn you.

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