Fifty names for Irish rain

 

Sir, – 70. My great grandfather from Co Cavan spoke of it “raining shoemakers’ knives”, an apt description for this Irish summer. – Yours, etc,

MICHAEL WILSON,

Ravenhill Park,

Belfast.

Sir, – Might I attempt to complement Frank McNally’s humorous damp catalogue (August 18th)? 71. Patchy rain and drizzle – pace Met Éireann. 72. A day for the High Stool. 73. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain; but in Ireland it is less discriminating. – Yours, etc,

SÉAMUS PHELAN,

Montrose Crescent,

Artane, Dublin 5.

Sir, – 74. Rain again, rain better. 75. Mother’s rain. 76. Rain’s daughter. 77. To be shower to be shower. 78. My rained childhood. – Yours, etc,

JOHN O’BYRNE,

Mount Argus Court,

Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W.