Mullingar's businesses have been asked to put a bowl of water out for the town's dogs while the current heat wave lasts.
With Met Eireann predicting that the high temperatures that have engulfed the nation for the best part of a month will continue for the next two weeks at least, Bridget D'Arcy from Lloyd's Pharmacy in Mullingar Shopping Centre wants her fellow retailers and other members of the business community to think about their four-legged friends.
Every morning for the last three weeks Ms D'Arcy has put a bowl of water outside the Lloyd's unit in the shopping centre. She says that there has been a great response from the many local dog owners who bring their pets with them when they are out and about.
“I think it's fundamentally important that all the businesses don't just look after their customers but that they are also looking after their four-legged friends as well. It would be nice if they would pop out a bowl of water with a little note saying: 'Water Station for Dogs'.
“...So many of us have them [dogs and cats]. It's just so simple and free. So just pop it out there,” she said.