West is Best as Irish Eclipse Viewing is Marred by Cloudy Skies

Méadhbh Ní Mhuíneachain, a pupil at Ballynacally NS in County Clare, views the solar eclipse using a pinhole camera

Eclipse 2015 provided some tantalising glimpses through the clouds, but for most people in Ireland it was just a ‘slightly darker’ cloudy morning.

Blacknight’s attempt to stream the event online was described as “a washout”: the skies only cleared as the event had passed and the equipment taken down.

Similarly at Trinity College, which held a viewing event as well as streaming, the clouds cleared only in the final moments.

Skies cleared sooner in the West of Ireland, from about 9:30 am.

In County Clare the skies cleared dramatically, just after the peak of the eclipse around 9:30. Having brought my kids to school under doubtful skies, I turned back when the sun began to cast shadows and discovered a throng of young astronomers with their teachers, using pinhole viewers to project the eclipse.

There’s just no predicting how and when the weather will change in this country. We have to take the wins however they occur!

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