Irish people love to talk about the weather. ‘Ah, you brought the good weather with you’ they will say. Or ‘There’s great heat in that sun’. Or, as was heard once on a Connemara beach on a hot day, ‘Sure you could be in the south of France’. Because weather informs everything here. The Atlantic storms have pummelled the coast into divine coves and cliffs. The rain has fed mountain lakes and streams that tumble into waterfalls and create world famous emerald valleys. The winds have blown in surfers and sailors seeking some of the world’s finest waves.
I love that the long distance walking trails are called ‘ways’ in Ireland. The Dingle Way, the Kerry Way and so on. The Irish do seem to do things in their own wonderful way. That is the intangible, indescribable joy of the place.
The weather has inspired Irish writers, painters and musicians. And the sun? Well, when that comes out, Irish eyes go from smiling to seventh heaven. But no matter what the skies are doing, Irish people are feisty yet fun, both passionate and compassionate. And will always open their doors to welcome you in from the rain.
Read more in our Ireland travel guide.