Tuesday 12 December 2017

Good weather? It could be you...

Once the sun comes out we have a remarkable capacity to forget that it was snowing three minutes earlier. We strip off, pack away our warm clothes, and start talking about buying a holiday home
Once the sun comes out we have a remarkable capacity to forget that it was snowing three minutes earlier. We strip off, pack away our warm clothes, and start talking about buying a holiday home
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It was reported during the week that there has been a boom in the Irish holiday home sector. There was a sense of familiarity to it all. It was one of those situations where we experienced a bit of overheating and so we decided this was the way things would be forever. The barometer could only go in one direction now - up, up, up - and you needed to get on the ladder before it was too late. So we did the only thing we know how to do and we bought property. And this year we are experiencing the hangover from those heady days, as the weather bubble, or "weather balloon" to give it its correct term, bursts spectacularly.

The people from Met Eireann were the Morgan Kellys of the scene over the last two years. While they enjoyed having some good news for a change, they were at pains to tell us that this was an unsustainable situation. But were we listening? Hell, no. We jokingly put it down to climate change as we decided that we would never need to go abroad again. We had always said this would be a great place if only we had the weather, and now we had the weather. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the weather for one thing.

Obviously, a person is taking a chance writing about the bad weather right now, given that the likelihood is that as you read this the weather will be very different to when this piece was written last night. Indeed the chances are that in the few minutes it takes you to read this, the weather will vary spectacularly. As you start this sentence there may not be a cloud in the sky. But look now, is that a black cloud you see over there on the horizon? And now, as you move on to reading this sentence you have possibly had to relocate indoors due to torrential rain.

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