Reasons to Love Ireland – The Weather

I know many of you will be saying this is something to hate about Ireland but it’s just a laughable fact of Irish life that has shaped who we are. I figured that I’d be better tackling it early in this series! At the moment there is a t-shirt, wind breaker, wool coat, flip flops and a pair of wellies in the boot of my car, most people I know are the same – the saying ‘better safe than sorry’ should have been invented by an Irishman trying to prepare for the weather!  The guy in the picture above wasn’t affected by the changeable conditions in the Dingle Peninsula this weekend – one minute I was gasping at the beauty of Dunbeg Fort, the next running for cover to avoid being washed off the edge of Ireland! As the saying goes ‘If you don’t like the weather, stick around for 5 minutes’, as it’s liable to change into a different season. Despite this, the Irish attitude to weather is the ultimate triumph of optimism over experience: every time it rains we look up the sky and are shocked and betrayed. We go through each of the 5 stages of grief within a second: Denial – ‘this can’t be happening to me’,  Anger – ‘this friggin country, I swear to god, I’m leavin…’ Bargaining – ‘Just five more minutes and I’ll be home then you can rain all you want!’ Depression – a good old dose of bitterness and pity as you get a slap of rain across the face.  Acceptance – reach for the umbrella nestling in your bag,...