Irish Weather – One of the most spoken-about topics in the country and when there’s the chance of a sunny day… Let’s look at the ten stages of a Sunny day in Ireland (so I was told by an Irish student here in Limerick) and the second part of this post gives you an idea of what to visit when you’re in Ireland.
But first, the 10 stages of a sunny Irish day. Here we go:
1. Obsession – There’s to be nice weather at the weekend did you hear?? It’s gonna be a scorcher! Better get the bbq out!
2. Preparation – Do you go out? Or enjoy it at home? YOU NEED TO THINK THIS THROUGH!
3. Panic – The good weather has arrived. It’s only 10 o’clock and the world and its granny have taken to the roads already. Staying home is the better option.
4. Disgust – Last years summer clothes are bet on to you. All intentions of having rock hard abs by this summer went arseways.
5. Shopping – You need to stock up on sunny day essentials. Anyone who’s not stuck in traffic is in the supermarket. Burger buns and chicken wings are like gold dust!
6. The pool – You salvage last years pool from the shed and check for holes. Pumping it up takes forever and you’re sweating buckets by the end of it.
7. Filling up the pool – The kids are moaning that it takes too long. Between pumping it and filling it over an hour has gone by. They play in it for 10 minutes.
8. Exhaustion – The kids are getting whiny from the heat. Tantrums and telltales every 5 seconds while you try and sunbathe.
9. BBQ & Beer – You’ve stocked up on a box of Sol and the bbq is up and running. Crispy black chicken wings for dinner.
10. Satisfaction – That was great wasn’t it? Hope it’s the same tomorrow!!
What to see in Ireland
It’s always exciting planning a trip to somewhere new. Somewhere you have never been before. To learn about different traditions like the school uniforms they are wearing here (and the endless discussions about it). How do you know where to go and what to see?
There are so many great resources online to help that you will end up with more things to see than you have time for in Ireland. First, you will want to check out the visitor’s bureau for the city or country that you are traveling to. Most sites have a calendar of events in addition to an activities or sites section. They will also list museums, historical sites, and other tourist areas.
Festivals – Some cities are known for their street fairs and festivals. Limerick is well-known for being very culturally rich with neighborhoods for each ethnicity or country of origin. In the springtime, you will be amazed how you can wander from one neighborhood to the next and find a different festival happening. See also this post about the Light Moves Festival in Limerick. Festivals are often great fun, especially for me as an American student studying in Ireland. Festivals really highlight some cultural differences between Ireland and the U.S.
Museums – Museums are a great place to start in a new city/country where you may not be as fluent in the local culture. They also provide a great history lesson into the area and may spark your interest in say, the local whiskey production in Ireland or typical Irish food, for example. Also worth visiting is the Limerick City Galery of Art and the Limerick Museum.
Zoos and Animal Preserves – Not all zoos are created equal and that goes for animal preserves as well. Your chances of finding a giraffe at a zoo in the US are very likely. Whereas finding a giraffe at a zoo in Mexico, might be a little harder. You are more likely going to see a Black Agouti instead and in Limerick? Come to check that out yourself!
Attractions – Look for attractions that may not be something that you would see back home. For example, check out the Light Moves Festival in Limerick and the University of Limerick is also really worth a visit (i hope I’ll get in next year). Ireland has so many attractions to offer. Here is a handy infographic showing top 10 Irish attractions in the Western part of Ireland:
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Fota Wildlife Park
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cork
- Holy Cross Abbey, Tipperary, Shannon
- Aquadome, Kerry South West
- Dun Aonghasa, Galway
- Aillwee Cave & Burren, County Clare
- Muckross House & garden, Kerry
- Dingle Oceanworld, Kerry