So, Storm Desmond rolled through here over the weekend and there was lots of flooding all over the country (as happens) and some power outages (although I don’t think as many as there were for the previous week’s Storm Clodagh), but the big thing that everyone was talking about was RTE weather presenter Teresa Mannion’s broadcast:
You know how I can tell I’m not exaggerating in saying “everyone was talking about it”? National treasure Roddy Doyle wrote a “Two Pints” vignette on it. He’s been doing microfiction posts on Facebook for a while now, and they’re usually spot-on cultural commentary and pretty hilarious.
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-See someone from the RTE News got wet?
-I’ve never annythin’ like it – never seen such fuckin’ courage. She didn’t even have her hood up.
-And did you see the cars goin’ past her? She could’ve been splashed. But, fair play, she stuck at it.
-I’ll tell yeh - I remember seein’ news reporters in Vietnam - .
-Yeah, yeah. An’ Biafra.
-An’ the tsunami.
-An’ Belfast, don’t forget.
-Yeah, yeah. An’ there was tha’ photographer on the beach on D-Day when the lads were landin’.
-All sorts o’ fuckin’ bombs an’ whizz bangs goin’ off all around him.
-It wasn’t rainin’ on fuckin’ D-Day though, was it?
-He had it fuckin’ easy.
-But your woman.
-She just stood there, in the wind an’ the fuckin’ rain.
-An’ she told us that it was windy an’ fuckin’ rainin’.
-An’ to stay in.
-A hero of our fuckin’ times.
-She could’ve stayed in herself an’ looked out the window.
-Exactly. Or do wha’ they usually do. Interview other poor fuckers who’d been outside an’ ask them what it was like.
-But no. She put on her coat an’ went ou’.
-Personality o’ the Year.
-Future president, I’d say.