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Looks Like Rain: 9000 Years of Irish Weather

Looks Like Rain: 9000 Years of Irish Weather

Damian Corless

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The name the Romans used for Ireland was Hibernia, meaning ’Land of Winter’. This lively collection of stories entertains us with anecdotal incidents, events and characters, all focussing on the weather and how it played a role in influencing our history.

The name the Romans used for Ireland was Hibernia, meaning 'Land Of Winter' and cold feet may have influenced their leaving the Irish to their own devices. Everyone talks about the weather and its role in shaping our character. This lively overview picks out incidents when the weather - generally bad - changed the course of Ireland's history.

Along the way it takes in those years - and there were quite a few - when the sun really didn't shine, as Ireland was plunged into year-long winters by far-distant volcanoes. We learn how the Irish weather probably saw off the dictator Oliver Cromwell when no Irish armies could. The Irish climate created the heavy soil that made the potato flourish in Ireland like nowhere else, with disastrous consequences. But there are uplifting stories too, such as how the Irish legend of the crock of gold at the rainbow's end came about, and thatched roofs keep out rain. In May 1953, thanks to mild weather and a big spurt in the growth of grass, the country's chocolate factory workers were put on overtime. David Lean came to Ireland fully intending to use the County Kerry weather as a starring character in his movie, Ryan's Daughter.

Remarkably, Ireland's weather has remained the same moderate mixed blessing since the Romans left. Our professional forecasters still hedge their bets by predicting four seasons in one day. And if global warming diverts the Gulf Stream Ireland may really become again the wintery Hibernia the Romans wrote about.

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Author Damian Corless
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 5 Sep 2013
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891814

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