Enjoying the warm weather and fighting gorse fires as temperatures reach a record level for Ireland.

As Ireland enjoys a heatwave, people across the country take the opportunity for some fun in the sun. The  beaches of Dublin and Galway were an option for those having a picnic building a sandcastle or just looking for somewhere to cool down.  

However, it is not all fun and games as the Defence Forces are called in to fight gorse fires spreading across the Wicklow countryside. 

On 29 June 1976, temperatures reaching 32.5 degrees were recorded in County Offaly. 

Hottest Day 1976

Hottest Day 1976

Hottest Day 1976

Hottest Day 1976
Hottest Day 1976

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This footage was broadcast as part of an RTÉ News report on 29 June 1976.