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Closing In

11 sure signs the Irish summer is truly done

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IT’S OFFICIAL. THE Irish summer is almost over, in fact, some might say it never really started.

1. Grim breakfasts are back in vogue

Forget your fresh fruit and fancy cereal, it’s back to porridge and mountains of tea to keep warm.

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2. The traffic is bonkers again

Back to school traffic is the bane of every motorist’s life. Now you’ve gotta give yourself an extra 15 minutes each morning and it’s just not fair.

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3. TV is designed for staying in at the weekends

The Late Late is back on Friday and all the talent shows are back… T’will be Christmas before we know it.

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4. Brown Thomas opened their Christmas shop

The countdown is on…

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5. The Grand Stretch is truly gone

Dark, by 9pm? What kind of wizardry is this?

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6. The 6.01 is an hour long again

Stuff is happening! Look at Dobbo there. Delighted with life.

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7. Shops are full of back-to-school clothes and good heavy jackets

Bye bikini sections and short PJs, it’s all about the fluffy socks.

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8. First years are getting smaller and smaller

They swarm the roads in their little uniforms and massive bags and make you feel ancient.


9. The rent market is an absolute shambles

Every student is vying for a place to stay and it’s pretty much the hunger games out there.

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10. You’ve put the heating on at least once this past week

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11. Chatter of an Indian summer is rife

Please God now, when the kids go back to school.

- Your nan.

Wishful thinking, it’s not happening.


- Written by Nicola Byrne and originally published on

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