Warm weather sees thousands enjoy Ireland's beaches but means farmers must be careful.

Thousands took to the beach as forecasters predicted the hot weather would last the bank holiday weekend. Temperatures were averaging 26 to 29 degrees and sun worshippers just couldn't get enough.

The view at Portmarnock was like a scene from a foreign holiday brochure.

The heatwave was however causing drought problems for potato farmers, who had to water their crops. According to farmer John Sheridan, this was an unexpected expense. There was also a fall in demand for potatoes. Minister of State Eithne Fitzgerald called for vigilance, as there had already been 16 accidental deaths on farms that year.

Mary Kennedy introduces this report by Joe O'Brien, broadcast on 3 August 1995.