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Have You Seen This? Reporter versus Irish weather

Posted June 27

DUBLIN — As a person who has worked behind the scenes in the news, there’s nothing quite as right as a live report going innocently wrong.

I probably feel this way because I’ve personally never reported on live TV — which is an inherently stressful situation in the first place — so of course I’ve never been a victim of or responsible for a live-TV mishap either. But knowing my fair share of TV reporters, it’s safe to say that most of them can appreciate the humor of the unexpected, and their co-workers appreciate it even more.

The things about live, outdoor weather reports is that there’s always, um, weather. So on a gusty, rainy Friday in Dublin, reporter Deric Ó hArtagáin of TV3’s Ireland AM probably wasn’t expecting completely smooth sailing.

That being said, he also probably wasn’t expecting that any problems would come from a traitorous umbrella. In the video, Ó hArtagáin is clipping along in his (lovely) Irish dialect when a particularly cheeky gust of wind pops his umbrella inside out.

That in and of itself would be entertaining on some level, but the particular squeal that comes out of Ó hArtagáin’s mouth plus his unexpected exit out of frame so delights the studio anchors that they have a hard time keeping it together.

Not to be foiled by an inanimate object, Ó hArtagáin heads back into frame, struggling with the mangled umbrella. Of course, this makes the whole thing funnier, but the beleaguered reporter certainly doesn’t make a complete recovery. However, there is grace in humor, so if you read this, Mr. Ó hArtagáin, congratulations on your hilarity-infused grace under pressure on live TV.

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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