How to know when it’s summer in Ireland: Top 10 tips

Seasonally adjusted expectations

Letter of the Day
Letter of the Day

Sir, – Brianna Parkins’s recent article on summer in Ireland being nothing less than a shared delusion (“How to know when it’s summer in Ireland: The signs are subtle so pay close attention”, People, June 7th) got me thinking about the Top 10 of what an Irish summer means to me:

1) Salad sandwiches.

2) The “will I/won’t I wear shorts?” dilemma.

3) Wearing shorts anyway even though I know my knees will turn purple.


4) Queueing for ages for a 99, and when my turn comes I still haven’t decided whether I want sprinkles and/or raspberry sauce with it.

5) “Does it start in May or June?” discussions.

6) Wondering how effective sunscreen that’s five years beyond its use-by date really is.

7) Wondering where all those convertibles are the other 51 weeks of the year.

8) Wexford.

9) The smell of a freshly mown lawn.

10) Sheltering from the sun instead of the rain. – Yours, etc,



Dublin 9.