Looks Like Rain: 9,000 Years of Irish Weather

October 30, 2020
Looks Like Rain: 9,000 Years of Irish Weather

The name the Romans gave to Ireland was Hibernia, which means'Land of Winter', and cold feet may have been a factor in theirdecision to leave the Irish to their own devices. The weather isour main topic of conversation and has done its bit in shaping ourcharacter.This lively overview shines a light on incidents when theweather—generally bad—changed the course of Ireland's history.Along the way it takes in those years—and there were quite afew—when the sun really didn't shine. We learn how Oliver Cromwell,invincible in war, most likely caught his death from a Corkmosquito. The Irish climate created the heavy soil that made thepotato flourish in Ireland like nowhere else, with disastrousconsequences. David Lean came to Ireland fully intending to givethe County Kerry weather a starring role in his film Ryan'sDaughter. He didn't make another film for fourteen years. Ourprofessional forecasters still hedge their bets by predicting fourseasons in one day—and still often get it laughably wrong. Butthere are sunny stories too, such as how, in 1973, the broodingAntrim weather produced one of rock music's greatest album covers,and how the Irish legend of the crock of gold at the rainbow's endcame about.Remarkably, Ireland's weather has remained the same moderatemixed blessing since the Romans left.