What’s your preference? Long, hot summer days or cold, dark, miserable winter weather.

Eilis Sheehy

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It’s been a long winter and I for one am only too delighted to see the temperatures rise and the long evenings return. Ireland as well as many other countries can be dark and dreary places during winter time. It seems sometimes that the winter months are never ending with dark evenings, frosty mornings and cold miserable day’s that roll into one another. People’s moods change, their attitudes become negative and they tend to stay indoors hidden from the elements outside. I am a lover of the sun, warm weather and long bright days and I also think that Ireland is a much nicer place when the sun shines. I took a trip to the United States in March this year and even though I complain about the Irish winter weather, I felt guilty for doing so when I was met with snow, temperatures well below freezing and icy conditions on my visit to New York. I normally head state side during the summer, which is the complete opposite to what it is weather wise during the winter. It made me think about the Irish weather a lot and how we complain about the severity of the winter weather, but let me tell you it is nothing in comparison to the weather I witnessed in New York when I was there earlier this year.

Ground strike in County Kerry by Final Gather/Flickr
Ground strike in County Kerry by Final Gather/Flickr

There is a lot to be said for the change in weather here in Ireland over the last number of weeks. People have been flocking to coastal areas, lining beaches in their droves, bathing in the generous temperatures for this time of year. Mother Nature has kindly shone brightly on our little island in recent weeks, allowing us to enjoy temperatures as high as 19 degrees Celsius. It now stays bright until near 9pm each day, something I love as I can hit the beach for a walk in the evenings when I’m finished work. Mornings are bright too which makes it less of a struggle to get out of bed and even though we all still have to work, to see the sun beaming through the window in the office is a much more pleasant site than to hear the rain pelting down, not to mention battling gale force winds while nipping out to get a sandwich on lunch.

View of Brandon Peak from Conor Pass, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry by John Clare/Flickr
View of Brandon Peak from Conor Pass, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry by John Clare/Flickr

There are people out there however who enjoy the winter weather, they choose to holiday in cold climates and don’t complain about the typical Irish weather. Sometimes I describe the weather here as four seasons in one day. I strongly believe though that Ireland is a much nicer place when the sun shines.

What are your views on this?

Beach and sea lovers at Malahide County Dublin by William Murphy/Flickr
Beach and sea lovers at Malahide County Dublin by William Murphy/Flickr

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Eilis Sheehy