KILKENNY -- It's the warmest summer in Ireland since I first landed here in 1994. With these Mediterranean conditions comes visitors who often buy take-away food when strolling and rats who come out for the droppings. I spotted three rats when walking from the Kilkenny Golf Club to St Mary's Hall this morning. They are scurring out of breaks in walls and circling around bin bags prior to the Friday collection. I don't remember seeing this many rats since the days of Foot and Mouth Disease, when rat colonies operated fearlessly in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
John McGuinness -- "Rat plague fuelled by fast food" in The Kilkenny People, 1 August 2003