‘There’s great drying out today’ is what we all naively think, as we drive off, leaving our freshly washed sheets flapping on the line in the warm, sunny breeze.
But more often than not, ten minutes later, the Irish weather decides to throw some exotically named storm at your washing, rendering them more saturated than when they emerged from the machine!
Well a Drogheda man has come up with what he believes is the ideal solution for this dilemma.
Designer Colin O’Brien has invented Peggy Rain; an Irish designed and built washing line that rescues your washing from the rain.
‘The idea actually came from a conversation with my mam Margaret,’ says Colin (42), a former pupil of St Mary’s Diocesan, who studied Engineering in DKIT and DIT Bolton Street.
‘I had just come back from travelling and was a little disheartened that a previous project had been patented, forcing me to cease development, so I asked her what could I design that could make her life easier.’
Instantly, she replied with a problem we all face from time to time.
‘She described how irritating it was for her to run out and fetch all the washing off the clothesline every time it started to rain,’ he explains. ‘This was the moment the idea of PeggyRain was born, Peggy being the shortened Irish for Margaret, and my own grandmother’s name.’
The cover for the line is activated when rain hits small toilettes causing them to expand and trigger the mechanism, and it slides across to protect your washing.
Despite the availability of tumble dryers, Colin says outdoor drying is still the much more environmentally-friendly alternative, and 70,000 clotheslines are sold in Ireland per year - 1,000,000 in the UK.
‘We’ve just launched the product, which is manufactured in Bray and Inchicore, and we have been successfully selling PeggyRain around Ireland and exporting to the UK, USA and Canada,’ says Colin, who is currently based in Julianstown after many years of globe-trotting.
‘Just think of all the stress that is alleviated now you won’t have to worry is it going to rain or not; PeggyRain has you covered!’
PeggyRain is available from the website on www.peggyrain.com, and you can also see how it works on a Youtube video there too.