Throughout history there have been so many,
who have done so much for my small nation.
However as I sit here today,
I wonder will my country ever really know,
the sacrifice my family has made for it.
Let me explain.
For the past two years or more,
I and my fellow Irish countrymen,
have wept tears over the lack of Summer
we have experienced here in Ireland.
There has even been some who told us,
it would be at least ten years,
before we would ever again experience a warm and sunny summer.
The country despaired.
The rain continued to fall.
The months supposed to be Summer arrived,
and it was necessary to explain to my youngest about Summers of old.
A time when we went to the beach and wore swimsuits,
not jumpers and coats.
When we played outside all day,
and our skin changed colour.
It was all very hopeless.
The country was depressed.
Then one day,
a simple family from Cork changed everything.
This family managed to cheer up an entire nation,
and put Summer back on the calendar.
How you ask?
Well this family had had enough.
Enough trips to the beach wearing coats.
Something had to be done.
This family sat down and made a decision.
They decided to change a tradition of many years.
To sacrifice the planned holiday at home,
with its potential for days of rain,
and book a family holiday in sunny Spain.
And guess what?
From the moment the money was transferred,
and that holiday paid for,
the sun appeared.
Not only that but the temperatures are record breaking,
and surprise surprise, it would appear Summer is here to stay!
As I sit indoors avoiding that selfsame sun,
in the coolest room in my house,
I marvel at the fact we,
one small seemingly insignificant family,
were willing to give so much for their country.
As I said before,
others in our history have laid down their lives,
to fight for our freedom.
I and my family have gone one step further,
we have clicked a mouse,
handed over the money,
and given our country a Summer to remember.
We are indeed, unsung heroes of our day.
Ireland I am sure if you knew you would salute us.