‘We’re all wearing winter clothes and it’s terrible’

IF you’re looking for sun, then you’ll have to wait until August to get a tan, or else catch a plane to Spain.

That was the overwhelming opinion on Cork’s Patrick Street yesterday afternoon among rain-dodging tourists and umbrella-wielding shoppers.

“My dad said it was like this 20 years ago and even then it wasn’t as bad,” said 17-year-old Niamh O’Brien yesterday.

“We’re all wearing winter clothes and the weather is terrible.”

Niamh’s boyfriend David Norwell, 18, is from Aberdare, south Wales, where the weather is just as bad, he said.

Gillian White, husband David and their daughters, of Cork city, are determined to see the sun this summer.

“We’re going to Majorca on Tuesday and the children can’t wait to get on the plane.

“The weather has been desperate, apart from a couple of days in May.

“I think it will be September before it brightens up.”

Shopper Margaret O’Donovan, six-year-old daughter Gráinne O’Donovan and partner Ger McLaughlin have just flown back from a week in Lanzarote, Spain.

“I was just talking to someone who said it has not stopped raining since the Green Party were elected so we can blame them,” joked Ms O’Donovan, of Leamlara, Co Cork.

French tourists Vanessa Bourgeon and Renald Leroc, of Dijon, France, knew to expect rain in Ireland and packed their waterproofs.

“We were here last year and the weather wasn’t so good but Cork’s a good place,” said Ms Bourgeon, putting a brave face on the rain.

Scouts Devlin Nugent, Brin Sheridan, both 11, and Brian Lynch, 12, all of Naas, Co Kildare, are going on family holidays to North America to get away from the Irish weather.

“It’s pretty miserable,” said Devlin, who was with his friends in Cork on a Scouts trip.

Mother-of-five Caroline O’Riordan, of Silversprings, Cork, has just returned from the Canaries with her family.

“The children have had their week of sun but it’ll be August before we see the sun again. It’s going to be bad for a while.”

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