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Athenry was the wettest place in the entire country last year according to Met Éireann who have just released their preliminary climate summary for 2019.

Rainfall amounts nationally ranged from 95% of normal at Sherkin Island in Co Cork to 120% of normal at Athenry. The additional rainfall has placed added pressures on both the local farming and business communities in the Athenry region.

Moreover, last year was the ninth consecutive year with temperatures above normal. A spokesperson for Met Éireann said: “When fully analysed, 2019 will likely be the second or third warmest year on record. Since the 1980s each decade has been warmer than the previous one.”

The start of 2019 saw temperatures above normal, while values at the end of the year were below or near normal for the time of year. Met Éireann experts said that summer was slightly above normal, as Ireland escaped the worst of the record-breaking heat waves that gripped Europe.