Photos by Olivia Lynott
THESE photos show the seascape and landmarks in one of Ireland’s most famous beaches covered by a blanket of fog yesterday evening.
Families were stunned as they took a walk in Dun Laoghaire yesterday evening and saw a thick fog almost completely submerge the pier, the huge library building, St Michael’s Church and the National Maritime Museum in the distance.
RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy, out for an evening stroll, said he had never seen such thick fog in Dun Laoghaire – a place he regularly frequents for a leisurely stroll after his daily Radio 1 show.
“I’ve never seen fog so thick – it is like something out of a film.”
Tubridy, who was dressed in a blue suit jacket, happily posed for a photo against the foggy sea backdrop.
Kathleen Carraher, from Sallynoggin, Dun Laoghaire, who was out fishing yesterday on the pier, said: “I can’t see the top or bottom of the pier – I’ve been coming here 33 years and I’ve never seen it like this before.
“This is the worst fog in Dun Laoghaire ever and this is supposed to be the hottest day of the year – it’s just weird.”
Fog horns blew in the distance as boats submerged in fog made their way out to see – and a host of sailing boats sat nestled together under the fog.
Families who had gone to the beach dressed for the sunshine, which was present everywhere in the capital, got quite a surprise when they saw their sunglasses and sunscreen were of little use.
A mother and sun still sat to enjoy one of Teddies famous ice-creams at the edge of the mist covered pier.
The mother said: “It’s like something out of a horror film – you know the film – The Fog. That’s what it’s like down here this evening.
“There’s a kind of spooky feel down at the pier and this is supposed to be the warmest day of the year.
“You can barely see where you’re going.”
Temperatures reached 19C at Dun Laoghaire pier last night and just a two minute drive away from the seafront, there were clear skies.
Some fog was forecast but local people in Dun Laoghaire swore they had never seen such thick mist at the sea front before.
The country has been basking in a heatwave for a week-and-a-half and Dun Laoghaire has benefited from the influx of local families and tourists all catching a few welcome rays.
But even as the fog settled over the sea-side town, queues of teenagers still waited patiently outside a local ice-cream parlour.
The warm weather is set to continue for the rest of the week but after that the mercury could drop a little.
A number of planes were diverted in Dublin due to the fog.
Fog like that seen in Dun Laoghaire normally occurs at a humidity near 100 per cent.
This occurs from either added moisture in the air, or falling ambient air temperature.
Fog can form suddenly and can disappear just as rapidly. The sudden formation of fog is known as flash fog.