Back in 1969, the most exciting thing we were commenting on was the landing of men on the moon. The event happened on 20th July, and because very few organisations closed for summer, Lucan Newsletter didn't take a break either. It was a time when not too many people went on holidays, and those who did went on, what these days are called 'Staycations'.
The moon landing was blamed for 'climate change' back then, with many claiming that the heavy rain that followed over Ireland, was as a result of that lunar event.
Over the summer of 2021, we've witnessed real Climate Change with many of its horrors - wild fires, floods, drought, and earthquakes, all over the world. Modern technology allows us to almost be at these events, where we witness thousands of people losing their lives, families starving and fleeing from their homelands, not knowing where they will end up.
We've seen maps predicting coastal towns in Ireland being under water within the next 30 years! It's like looking into the future, but those who understand these things tell us it is not too late to change our ways. We have to get our act together!
Magical places to visit ....
Here in Lucan, we had quite a good summer with great temperatures in July, and while August was fairly showery, we were able to get out and about. Thankfully, this last week has been very pleasant.
My grandsons lost themselves in a field of Sunflowers in Carlow - the first time I ever saw a field of Sunflowers was on holidays in Italy many years ago, but here they are now on our doorstep.
There are lots of brilliant places for all ages to visit, many of them not an hour from Lucan. Just check out www.discoverireland.ie while we still have a bit of summer left!
It seems that Staycations have wakened us up to what has mostly been there all along!