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Never mind the reality, in the Irish psyche we’re always expecting a summer scorcher

Stella O'Malley


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Our optimism is what gets us through an Irish summer of a few nice days, but plenty of wet ones too. Picture posed.

Our optimism is what gets us through an Irish summer of a few nice days, but plenty of wet ones too. Picture posed.

A couple enjoy a picnic on a glorious summer evening this week at Garrylucas, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon

A couple enjoy a picnic on a glorious summer evening this week at Garrylucas, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon

Donegal postman Michael Gallagher specialised in weather predictions from natural phenomena like frogspawn. Photo: Jimmy McCarthy/Handout/PA Wire

Donegal postman Michael Gallagher specialised in weather predictions from natural phenomena like frogspawn. Photo: Jimmy McCarthy/Handout/PA Wire

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Our optimism is what gets us through an Irish summer of a few nice days, but plenty of wet ones too. Picture posed.

Every single year, I and five million others fall for it. Each summer, we hope, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that this year will be different, that we’ll have a regular summer with a reasonable amount of sunshine.

We’re not fools – we live in Ireland, so we don’t kid ourselves we’ll have endless hot summer days. But we tend to forget the inarguable evidence we’ve already collected that it’s actually quite unlikely we’ll have a hot summer. It’s much more likely that the season will continue to stumble along, exactly as it’s doing this year – a few nice, plenty of dull and too many wet days.


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