Research reveals Ireland’s rainiest counties

It’s no secret that the Emerald Isle sees a lot of rainfall. Now, however, new research has revealed the rainiest counties in Ireland.

Winter, spring, summer, and autumn, you can expect to see plenty of rain in Ireland. One day, the sun could be splitting the trees and the next, we could be hit by a massive rainstorm.

Irish weather is notoriously unpredictable, and those of us who have grown up in Ireland know all too well to be prepared for four seasons in one day.

However, new research has revealed Ireland’s rainiest counties. So, if you’re looking to escape the wet weather Ireland is so well-known for, you might want to avoid these five destinations.

The findings – the counties that get the most rain

Research reveals Ireland's rainiest counties.
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Research carried out by Chill Insurance has given us the answers we’ve all been waiting for. Undertaking a comprehensive study, the insurance company has revealed Ireland’s rainiest counties.

Before we reveal the findings, do you have any guesses which counties came out on top? Let’s see if you were right…

Chill Insurance took a look at local weather statistics to conclude that County Kerry was by far the rainiest county in Ireland, with an annual rainfall of 61.5 inches.

Going by this, Kerry residents are hit by a whopping 56% more annual rainfall than those in the second most rainy county.

Research reveals Ireland’s rainiest counties – stay away if you don’t like getting wet

County Kerry was named the rainiest county in Ireland.

Coming in behind Kerry to claim second place on the list of rainiest counties in Ireland is County Cork. The Rebel County experiences an average annual rainfall of 39.4 inches.

Coming in joint third is Limerick, Galway, Tipperary, Mayo, Clare, and Sligo, which all experience an average of 39.4 inches of rainfall every year.

Unsurprisingly, Ireland’s west coast claimed the majority of the top spots for the country’s rainiest counties. However, this should not put you off visiting this incredibly beautiful part of Ireland.

After all, if it wasn’t for the heavy rainfall, Ireland wouldn’t enjoy the lush, green landscape that it is so renowned for around the world.

Rounding out the top ten – heading southeast

New research reveals Ireland's rainiest counties.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

It is not just the Wild Atlantic Way, however, that sees a high percentage of rainfall. Realistically, nowhere in Ireland can boast a claim to dry conditions.

Rounding out the top ten list of Ireland’s rainiest counties are Wexford and Waterford on Ireland’s so-called sunny southeast. Both see an average annual rainfall of 34.6 inches.

Hopefully, as we move into the spring and summer months, the rainfall levels will decrease across Ireland. But, as anyone who has ever been to the island will know, we really can’t make any promises.

So, if you want the best chance of enjoying some dry weather conditions for your staycation or your bucket list trip to Ireland, we’d advise avoiding the counties listed above.

But remember, as we say in Ireland, there would be no rainbows without the rain!

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