I was told a couple months back that we would be “really lucky to see snow in Galway.”

Turns out we are the luckiest of them all!  The first appearance of snow was at Christmas, and we’ve been gifted more snow this week.  Unfortunately, this was the weekend we planned to rent a car and explore the isle with our dear friend Ellen, who is visiting.

Ireland, it turns out, is woefully unprepared for the weather we’re having.  For a Minnesota girl, the panicked response to an inch of snow is sometimes funny, and sometimes annoying.  It is icy, but shutting down ALL bus service in Dublin, for this?

icy grafton street

My favorite example of the reaction to this “arctic weather” is this map, which we found while looking for information about road conditions.


Needless to say, we canceled our rental car reservation!