Starting tomorrow, the evenings will be a little longer when Daylight Saving Time begins at 1 a.m. and clocks go forward one hour.
It will remain in place until 2am on Sunday October 30th when we set the clocks back an hour.
This is despite a vote by the European Parliament on March 26, 2019, which triggered the abolition of daylight saving time by member states.
According to a draft directive, the member states should be given the option of sticking to permanent summer or permanent winter time.
The last time change was supposed to take place last spring – but the proposal was put on hold because of the pandemic.
Under current EU law, clocks in all member states must be put forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March and put back by one hour on the last Sunday in October.
And while we can look forward to “a big stretch in the evening” starting next week, the US and Canada are already enjoying longer evenings after putting their clocks forward at 2am on the second Sunday in March. In Australia, the clocks are only presented on the first Sunday in April.
The system was first introduced during World War I to reduce the demand for coal by increasing daylight hours.
In May 1916, the British government passed the Summer Time Act and began changing their clocks twice a year. Ireland followed.
Since then, daylight saving time has come into effect in parts of Europe, Canada and the USA.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/a-grand-stretch-in-the-evenings-as-the-clocks-go-forward-tonight-41489016.html A big stretch in the evening when the clocks are advanced tonight