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15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland

They don’t happen often, but when they do, we do it right.

YOU PROBABLY DON’T need us to tell you that a sunny day in Ireland is something very special.

Like David Attenborough waiting for an elusive creature, we sit and wonder all year round when the magical day will come that the sun will grace us with its presence.

Ladies and gentlemen, it would appear that time is now.

To celebrate, here are 15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland.

99s

The humble 99 is a simple pleasure all the year round for some people, but it never tastes better than on a sunny day.

DailyEdge.ie/Louise McSharry

Swimming

We live on an island, but aside from the very brave among us, we rarely swim in our water.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Getting to wear your ‘summer clothes’

We all have lovely Summer clothes that we get for our holidays, and the poor things are only allowed out of the wardrobe for a week or two per year.

It’s not fair and it’s not right.

Sam Boal

You can get your ‘base’ for your holiday tan

Alright, for many ‘base’ will translate to ‘burn’, but still, isn’t it nice to get a bit of the glare off your white skin?

Be safe though – wear protection!

Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Our beaches

We have them!  They’re beautiful!  Unfortunately most of the year we can’t enjoy them the way we’d like to though.

When the sun comes out they’re glorious.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

You can break out all the outdoor sporting equipment you bought during the last sunny spell

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Having your lunch outside

…and eking out every single second of your break to enjoy the sun. Even if the only available place to sit is on a bench at the side of the road.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

After work drinks al fresco

You just sort of have to, don’t you?

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Spanish Arch/The Phoenix Park/Mullaghmore/various other locations which come into their own on a sunny day

These are nice places all year round, but on a sunny day they are simply magical.

Flickr/Barnacles Hostels

James Horan/Photocall Ireland

Flickr/dingbat2005

Barbeques

Ok, so our cookery skills leave a little to be desired when it comes to barbeques (we just don’t have the practice!), but we know how to enjoy eating outside.

We savour every single moment and everyone is bound to know someone who is firing one up in their back garden this evening.

We can smell the charred meat already!

photoeverywhere

Tables and chairs outside bars and restaurants seem to appear from nowhere

Suddenly we’re living in the café culture Michael McDowell always dreamed of.

Sam Boal /Photocall Ireland

The memory of it lives on for aaaages

Image via Sam Boal/ Photocall Ireland

Everyone is in good humour

Look at them! Look how happy they are! Brian O’ Leary/Photocall

If you’re not studying, the gratitude for the fact that you’re not studying

For many people, good weather will forever be associated with being locked away studying for exams.

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Last of all, your pets love it

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