Over 50% would vote to get rid of Daylight Saving Time

Almost half of those surveyed say 'the grand aul stretch' annoys them

Daylight Saving Time, Ireland, clocks, going back, survey, Brighter Evenings Bill

Clocks being tested prior to shipping at the Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass. | Image: Charles Krupa / AP/Press Association Images

As the clocks go forward this weekend, a new survey finds the of us majority want to keep things as they are.

The clocks will go forward one hour at 1.00am on Sunday March 27th.

But just over 50% say that, given the choice, they would vote to remove Daylight Saving Time in favour of a longer night.

And, while many of Ireland's elders are familiar with the 'spring forward, fall back' mantra, just over one-third of those over 18 are unaware that the clocks change this month.

When asked what feelings the loss of an hour brings about, 48% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they felt 'annoyed' by Daylight Saving Time, with 71% of these citing that they dislike being tired the next day.

And 47% in the Youth Lab survey, on behalf of Orchard Thieves Cider, say that 'they hate people talking about the grand aul stretch for weeks after'.

A massive 82% of those surveyed had no idea that the time the clocks change is 1.00am.

When made aware of this, almost one-third reported they felt hard done for loosing time at the weekend.

However, 42% of 18-24-year-olds stated, 'I would go out earlier to get the most of my night' with one-in-three stating they would 'stay in the club for longer', given the chance.

Back in 2014, the public were asked to make submissions as to whether or not Ireland should move its clocks forward permanently as part of the Brighter Evenings Bill.