IRELAND BASKED in warm sunny weather yesterday as the public celebrated St Patrick's Day.
With the national holiday falling in mid-March, the weather on St Patrick's Day is one of the most unreliable things in existence-- past Paddy's Days have seen sunshine, rain and wind, and sleet and snow.
Thankfully, St Patrick's Day 2021 delivered gorgeous clear skies and sunshine across most of the country, with thousands able to celebrate by discarding their winter coats and sitting outside with a drink and music blaring on the speakers.
While we on the ground enjoyed the weather first-hand, the scene was even more spectacular from hundreds of miles up above.
NASA astronaut Drew Morgan snapped this incredible shot of the south coast of Ireland bathing in sunshine as the International Space Station passed by overhead on St Patrick's Day.
The photograph shows Counties Cork and Kerry as well as parts of Clare and Limerick, and was uploaded to Twitter by the official NASA account yesterday evening, with a spokesperson wishing the world a happy St Patrick's Day.
"Similar to finding a four-leaf clover, capturing this shot of the southern end of the Emerald Isle on a clear day from the [Space Station] took a bit of luck"!
Happy #StPatricksDay! ☘️ Similar to finding a four-leaf clover, capturing this shot of the southern end of the Emerald Isle on a clear day from the @Space_Station took a bit of luck — just ask @AstroDrewMorgan! pic.twitter.com/fPb4gGnot0
— NASA (@NASA) March 17, 2021