Irish humor is helping Ireland to come to terms with the impact of Storm Ophelia
With a further Atlantic Storm, Storm Brian, set to hit Ireland by this weekend, the Irish are still reeling from Storm Ophelia and its devastation across the country. As communities grieve for the three fatalities, thousands remain with electricity, and an increasing number are left without a water supply.
The worst storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, Ophelia wrought damage to Ireland that is expected to reach up to $1 billion in reconstruction while many are concerned that not enough was done to protect the homeless from the intense weather conditions.
If there was ever a time for some Irish humor, this is it, and so we’ve compiled some of the best Ophelia takes to help keep Irish spirits up.
Stay safe, check in on your neighbors, and make sure to share with anybody you think needs cheering up right now.
Ireland continues to react to Ophelia with good humor -
We cannot confirm if this is a legitimate text sent by a priest but we’re hoping against all hopes that it is:
The priest just sent out a text: "In 9 months time, if ye want ta call ye'er new children #Ophelia, ye'll have ta go ta a new parish"— Aul Wans at Wakes (@Countrywakes) October 16, 2017
With schools and most businesses closed, one cheeky commuter wanted to check with the Irish rail service whether he’d have the day off or not:
We couldn’t let this opportunity pass without having a go at Trump:
While others really enjoyed the thought of being safely inside while the storm raged outside:
Is there anything nicer than been tucked up in bed while your wheely bin flies passed your bedroom window?!! ? Goodnight #Ophelia ???— Lynda McCormack (@lyndammc) October 16, 2017
My wife hasn't stopped staring through the window since this storm started. If it gets any worse I'm going to have to let her in. #Ophelia— The Filling Station (@FSCKeswick) October 16, 2017
Many were lamenting the items lost from their gardens:
And we had yet more hits at the English:
Ireland: national emergency, 3 dead, roofs ripped off houses.— Eoghan Mac Mahon (@EoghanFromTaken) October 17, 2017
England: "sky is red"
And our Irish politicians:
The was a return of the masked man behind famed RTÉ newscaster Teresa Mannion:
Some were lamenting the loss of electricity in a strange way (these candles are ridiculously pricey):
The only candle in my house is a Jo Malone... If power goes it would have been cheaper to buy a feckin generator #Ophelia— Damien O'Connor (@ratskins) October 16, 2017
The Irish housing market could not escape:
Daft.ie Confirm Houses Missing Roofs Now Classified As ‘Convertibles’ #Ophelia— Mallow News (@MallowNews) October 16, 2017
Auctioneer's 'For Sale' sign just blew into my garden. Already there's 20 queuing and I'm reliably informed 3 are cash buyers.#Ophelia— Cathal Keogh (@cathalkeogh) October 16, 2017
While some businesses made sure their customers knew they were closed:
The amateur weather reports were out in force:
Was it truly great drying weather?
Some Irish people weren’t happy that the schools were still closed today:
With the closure of schools tomorrow #Ophelia has been upgraded by my children from Category 3 Storm to Saint— Philip Boucher-Hayes (@boucherhayes) October 15, 2017
There was plenty of tea and Tayto:
World: Dangerous deadly storm heading right for you, Ireland— Jack McFadden (@ledzeppjack) October 15, 2017
Ireland: Do we get the day off?
World: Well yes but
And when the time came, we were happy to pass the baton along to our friends in Scotland:
Again, massive thanks to the amazing Irish emergency services who worked so hard to keep the country safe:
How were you affected by Ophelia? Tell us how and where you weathered out the storm in the comments section, below.