On Sunday, October 29th at 2 am the clocks go back, making mornings slightly lighter and evenings darker. Some will spend an extra hour in bed while others will get out and embrace the day.
Did you know that the whole concept of daylight saving was actually introduced in 1907 by the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin!
William Lillet published a pamphlet called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the clocks. Willett then spent the rest of his life trying to convince people his scheme was a good one.
Sadly, he died of influenza in 1915 at the age of 58; a year before his clock-changing plan was adopted by the Germans and the UK in 1916. His great-great-grandson, Chris Martin, however, has had huge success with smash hits ‘Clocks’ and ‘Daylight’, themes that perhaps were inspired by his forefather!
Currently around 70 countries participate in Daylight Saving Time, though not necessarily on the same schedule as Ireland.
Ireland is located in the Greenwich Mean Time zone, sharing the same time as Great Britain, Iceland, Portugal, and some countries in northwest Africa.
In Ireland, the maximum 17 hours of sunlight – on the longest day in June (the summer solstice) – dwindles to just seven hours and 30 minutes six months later in December (the winter solstice).