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Postie predicts white Christmas 14.12.09

A DONEGAL postman known for his ability to predict the weather using ancient methods has insisted Ireland will get a white Christmas.
Michael Gallagher, who lives in the Glenfin Valley, looks at nature and animal behaviour to come up with his forecast. The 61-year-old learned his technique from older generations who lived among the Blue Stack mountains. Mr Gallagher said all the recent signs pointed to snow being on the way. “We are definitely on our way to a white Christmas,” he said.
Mr Gallagher says his methods were relied upon for centuries before TV weather forecasts.
“I'm almost definite - about 90%,” he said. “When the sun shines on to the (Blue Stack) mountains, and down to the lowlands it’s turning a reddish-brown colour, that’s a sign of snow. “The sheep and the cattle are going mad too, shaking themselves, coming in off the mountains and coming to the gate.
“And I noticed the other day, the fox is getting very busy, looking for hens and howling at two in the morning.
“There’s a hunger in everything, they want to be fed because they know what is coming. These are ‘moving signs’ that things are going to happen," he said in weekend media reports.
Mr Gallagher, who has been a postman for 42 years completed a book this year entitled, 'Traditional Weather Signs'. He said, everything was signalling a “tight and hard wintry snap in the coming weeks, with the best chance for years of widespread snow on December 25.
“There’s so many signs I can tell you: the late growth of grass in October, the haws are laden with berries - that’s another sign,” he added.
Meanwhile, the meteorologists say snow is "possible" during an expected cold spell this week.
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