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Time Takes a Step Back: Clocks Roll Back an Hour on Final Sunday of October

In Ireland, the annual ritual of adjusting the clocks for Daylight Saving Time took place on March 26, 2023, at 01:00 am when clocks were moved forward. This tradition aims to maximise the utilisation of natural daylight. However, the transition is a temporary one, as the clocks will revert to Standard Time on the last Sunday of October, which falls on October 29, 2023, at 02:00 a.m. This change, often referred to as “falling back,” marks the official end of the extended daylight period of the year.

For individuals using smartphones, the time adjustment is automatic. However, traditional clocks will require manual updates to reflect the new time.

The shift in time means that mornings will be brighter, providing an additional hour of daylight. Conversely, it also signifies that evening darkness will arrive earlier. This practice is observed across all EU member states, where clocks are set back on the last Sunday of October and moved forward again on the last Sunday of March. The next clock adjustment in this cycle is scheduled for March 31, 2024. It’s worth noting that Iceland is the sole exception, as it adheres to the Western European time zone throughout the year.

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