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Roof plan for wettest Irish town - but not the nearby mountains

Posted 6 December 2012
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Roof plan for wettest Irish town - but not the nearby mountains
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Many British walkers and climbers will cross the water to Ireland to climb its highest mountains in County Kerry, knowing they may encounter plenty of rain there.

The popular tourist town of Killarney is the third wettest in Europe and has twice the rainfall of Dublin, however local council chiefs have developed a novel solution with the help of Local engineer Paudie O'Mahoney.

This will see a new tent-like cover being produced that can cover several streets at a time, making it possible for 'outdoor' events to be held in the dry.

For those heading up Macgillyciddy's Reeks and the highest point in Ireland - the 3,410 ft Carrauntoohil - waterproofs will be essential, along with good walking boots.

It is not just in Ireland that rainfall is higher near the highest peaks, however.

The wettest place in Engalnd is Seathwaite in Borrowdale, from where people often climb Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route.
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