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Sunday 11 December 2016

The pros and cons of a summer in Dublin…

08/04/2015 Michelle Brock from Clondalkin with her dog Duke enjoying the good weather at the Phoenix Park, Dublin
08/04/2015 Michelle Brock from Clondalkin with her dog Duke enjoying the good weather at the Phoenix Park, Dublin
People queueing for Ice Cream at the Phoenix Park, Dublin

We may be getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but have you seen the weather we’re having this week? It’s simply smashing out, isn’t it?

Oh yes, we can feel it coming. What is ‘it’, we hear you ask? Why, it’s the beginnings of an (early) Irish summer in Dublin. Yes, yes – you’re right. It’s still only spring, but since when have we ever done seasons properly?  Whatever the case, we’re long overdue a good patch of sunshine. You may have noticed, too, that the good weather does funny things to Dubliners. Some of ‘em flock straight to the park and/or local beer garden in their shorts, while others lose their shirts (and their inhibitions) at the nearest beach. It varies, that’s for sure. Already, we’ve spotted the signs. So, we’re here to run you through the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to making the most of that glorious Dublin sunshine…

 

The Pros

Smiley heads all round…

Good God, everyone’s in a fabulous mood when the sun comes out. Seriously, imagine what would happen if it was like this every other day of the year. We’d get nothing done. But we’d be happy all of the time. And that’s all that matters.

Picnics in the park…

No more eating at your desk or wasting valuable time with scarves, woolly hats and coats. Just grab your sunglasses, pick up a sandwich at the deli and leg it to the park. It might get busy, and there may be ants, but hey, lunch al fresco with actual sunshine makes our workdays that little bit more tolerable.

99 ice-cream cones…

No, not 99 ice-creams – we mean…ah, you know what we mean. Extra chocolate syrup on ours, and don’t forget the Flake. Oh, and we happen to be quite fond of those chirpy ice-cream van jingles, thank you very much.

Grand auld stretches…

Okay, so maybe forget what we said about not getting anything done. That’s just work. But think about it, summer is the one time of the year when you somehow manage to make the most of your evenings off. Catching up with friends; going for a run along the canal; cleaning out the shed – it’s all so much better and way more fun when there are blue skies overhead.

Turning your back garden into a holiday destination…

Grab the deck chairs and brush the leaves off that barbecue you spent a fortune on last August. There’s a party round ours. We might have to keep moving on up the garden, though. You know, so as not to get stuck in the shade. Now, where’s the blow-up pool?

Beach trips…

Yes, it’s time to get sand in our toes again. Who knows, we might even brave the (freezing) waters this year. Best of luck with the crowds.

Cider evenings…

Every night could be Friday night, if the weather gods play ball. We’re not going to condone any, um, reckless behaviour or anything, but come on, there is no better feeling in the world than clocking off and heading to the nearest (sunniest) beer garden for a nice pint of Bulmers before home-time. Bliss.

Dressing for work gets easier…

It really, really does. Some of us can even get away with shorts and T-shirts, too. Some of us - not everyone. Tread carefully...

Grafton Street looks amazing…

Seriously, it’s one of the best city-centre spots in the capital on a gorgeous summer’s day. Why? Well, because of all those shiny, happy people we mentioned earlier.

We don’t mind the weather chat…

The dreaded “not a bad auld morning” phase is over. In its place, the music to our ears that is our next door neighbour greeting us first thing with a “beautiful day, isn’t it?” Yes. Yes it is a beautiful day, Mr (Insert Neighbour’s Name Here). And it had better bloody last.

 

The Cons

The stripping…

Ah lads. Temperature-wise, we’re well into double figures at this stage. That blast of heat on our shoulders sure does feel good. Alas, crowds of young fellas across town have already started to work on their tans. That’s right – the T-shirts have come off. You’re going to see more of this in the coming weeks.

Listen, we don’t care if you’ve got the abs for it - we’re not at the bleedin’ seaside. You’re not going to get a tan just yet. And would you stop it with the vests. Jermaine Stewart raised a valid point - we don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time…

When the canal becomes a swimming pool…

Remember that story about a Dublin teenager who was said to have picked up a flesh-eating bug after taking a dip in the canal last summer? Yeah, keep that one in mind the next time you decide to go for a dip in city-centre waters...

Ice-Cream hopscotch…

Is it just us, or are there ice-cream cone casualties plastered all over the pavement come summer time in the city? It’s a tragic sight. One minute, the cone is in your hand, waiting to be devoured. The next, it’s on the ground. That’s what happens when you take your eyes off the prize. Nobody wants sticky raspberry ripple all over their shoes, kids. Be careful now, would ya?

Seagulls everywhere…

Ugh, those blasted seagulls. They’ve been known to lose the run of themselves at this time of year. The discarded ice-cream cones don’t help. Stay safe out there, folks. And remember, rubbish goes in the bin.

Apocalyptic hangovers…

One pint of Bulmers after work, they said. It’s the perfect weather for it, they said. Be grand, they said. 12 hours later and you are physically incapable of getting up for work. Drink responsibly – and don’t go carrying around cans in the street. It’s not a good look.

Blue-sky News…

A bitta good weather and journos everywhere go funny in the head. Jeepers, is it really worth devoting an entire news bulletin to the sunshine? You’d swear we were used to nothing. Yes, yes - we’re devoting an entire list to all things spring and summer-related whilst complaining about others doing more or less the same. We’re big fans of irony around here. Also, enough with the ‘sun tweets’. We get it. It’s sunny where you are. It’s sunny where we are, too. Now, stop tweeting pictures of the sky and just enjoy it.

Noise pollution…

What, so just because you want to sit out in your garden blaring U2, you think the rest of us won’t mind? I don’t think so. Keep it down, please.

Sunburn...

“It’ll never happen”. “This isn’t Ibiza”. “I’ll stay in the shade”.  “Jesus, I’m only burnt to a crisp!” Ah yes, we’ve heard them all. The sun cream is there for a reason - use it. Or else.

People complaining about the weather…

“It’s a bit too hot, though, isn’t it?” No. No, it’s not. For Christ’s sake, it was a bit too cold in March. We deserve this weather. Now, be quiet and get the beers in. We’ll meet you out in the shade.

The cold and rain…

We might as well be honest. It’s not gonna last, people. It’ll be cloudy by tea-time. Oh well.

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