Hurricane Ophelia brings out the best in Irish humor
As the Irish government begins to access the damage and schools receive confirmation that they will be closed for another school day, Hurricane Ophelia fever is still high in Ireland as the largest storm in decades barrels its way across the country.
If there’s one thing Irish people love, it’s talking about the weather, from the grand stretch in the evenings to the great drying weather and so this monstrous storm has whipped the country into an unadulterated frenzy of weather jokes.
While the worst of the storm has passed most of the country, thousands are still without power and there have been three confirmed deaths, leaving strong warnings in place for people to remain indoors, avoid driving if at all possible, and to stay away from the strong seas.
In order to pass the time while Ireland waits out Hurricane Ophelia, Irish people are sharing their very best jokes to keep spirits up in the face of the destruction.
We have, of course, had several jokes about just how much Irish people love talking about the weather:
Irish people have never been so happy; 24 hour guilt-free non-stop talking about the weather! #ophelia— Lisa Smyth (@lisa_smyth) October 16, 2017
And some absolutely stellar puns:
As the country prepared itself for Hurricane Ophelia’s onslaught, there were, of course, many jokes about how the Irish stock themselves up with food and drink before the winds hit:
Lady beside me in SuperValu shrieked "I FORGOT THE BISCUITS" and pegged back to the choc isle. God I love Irish people. #HurricaneOpheila— Niamh Trav (@travanagh13) October 16, 2017
I hear that the winds are so strong in some places that it's actually blowing lads into the pub!!!!#HurricaneOpheila— Dermot Hogan (@dermot_hogan) October 16, 2017
While others decided to cause a little destruction of their own:
As in every emergency in Ireland, Fr. Ted is always on hand with some classics to sum up the weather. How is it that Fr. Ted can fit into absolutely any situation?
This previous viral video has re-emerged of an Irish man making up his own disastrous weather forecast:
But in general, many of the jokes have centered around the very Irish “sure, it’ll be grand” attitude:
UK: The sky is blood. The end of days has come
IRELAND: Oh, there goes another house. Mad craic out there Margaret come look #Ophelia— Kyle Malone (@BetterOffMalone) October 16, 2017
The schools are off tomorrow as well? My kids have done more damage to the house today than a x hurricane could ever.. #Ophelia— belfast child (@liamball31) October 16, 2017
Of course, we are taking advantage of any opportunity to have a go at the English:
Two people are dead and thousands are without power, but no, please tell me again about your orange sky, British friends. #Ophelia— Pete Kavanagh (@TheKavOfficial) October 16, 2017
Everyone in Ireland having fun with #Ophelia until the English join in and we’re like ‘We’re all dying, it’s not funny!’— Leif Scaree ? (@LeifB73) October 16, 2017
People in England - we will read your tweets about the "eerie calm" and "odd reddish light" after we find the roofs of our houses #ophelia— Declan Lawn (@DecLawn) October 16, 2017
English people tweeting about the hurricane like they’re in it ..fuck off and get your own hurricane .. can’t let us have anything #Ophelia— EoinItalia90 (@EoinMItalia90) October 16, 2017
And our very own Irish politicians:
4000 Gardai trying to arrest #Ophelia as Joan Burton has reported it has locked her inside her house.— RTEbias News (@RTEBiasNews) October 16, 2017
Bill Clinton was spotted earlier today walking the Dublin streets, causing some warnings of his own:
Many social media users have also been paying tribute to some of the absolute gallant feats of heroics from the emergency services and even pilots, who are helping everyone stay as safe as possible. Three cheers for this incredible pilot who managed to land in such extreme circumstances:
Stay safe, everyone! Share this with someone who you think could use a laugh right now, and let us know in the comment section how you've been getting on.