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Sunk: Vehicles caught in a flooded car park in Salthill, Galway City, during Storm Erik. Photo: Andrew Downes

Sunk: Vehicles caught in a flooded car park in Salthill, Galway City, during Storm Erik. Photo: Andrew Downes

Sunk: Vehicles caught in a flooded car park in Salthill, Galway City, during Storm Erik. Photo: Andrew Downes

It's the most popular conversation item in the country. Weather preoccupies our talk time. The highest viewer ratings on 2018 TV news were directly associated with Ireland's first official Atlantic hurricane Storm Emma and dramatic snowfalls during the 'Beast from the East' storm.

Last Sunday at the Dublin Racing Festival, in the Leopardstown parade ring Michael O'Leary criticised track management for not watering the chase track. Heretofore an unheard of notion in February. For the first time in living memory, winter ground conditions were officially described as 'good to firm' - resulting in a slate of non-runners.


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