#PaddysDay - After months of storm-force winds, relentless rain and flooding, and often freezing conditions, there's finally some light on the horizon - as Met Éireann says the weather will be mostly dry and settled for the coming weeks.
As TheJournal.ie reports, a persistent high-pressure system is bringing us sunshine every day this week as we head towards St Patrick's Day next Monday.
That's great news for those planning to attend St Patrick's Festival events around Ireland this weekend - not least Ireland's many boaters, who will surely be itching to get their vessels out of winter storage and back on the water to enjoy the late spring and summer season.
Landlubbers in the capital, meanwhile, can also make the most of the fine weather by taking part in the annual Harbour 2 Harbour walk raising funds for mental health charity Aware.
As always, the 25km route runs between Howth and Dun Laoghaire, with participants free to walk either direction around Dublin Bay. For details on how to take part and get sponsorship see the Aware website HERE.
And while in Dun Laoghaire, why not pay a visit to the new exhibition of sailing paintings at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland.
Of Sail and Ships, which has its official launch this Wednesday 12 March, displays some of the museum's collection of some 400 paintings, charts and other images, along with winners of the Marine Institute's recent children's art competition.