June 17, 2013

A Dublin hotel owner is placing his trust in an Irish Catholic tradition, hoping to guarantee good weather as some of the most powerful leaders in the world prepare to check in as guests.

The Group of Eight summit – which brings together leaders of the wealthiest countries in the world – will be held June 17-18 at the Lough Erne Resort, on the shores of Lough (lake) Erne in Northern Ireland.

After the coldest spring in 62 years, Ferghal Purcell, general manager of the resort, dug a hole in the grounds of the hotel and buried a replica of the 16th-century Infant of Prague statue.

In traditional Irish Catholic devotion, the burial of this statue is said to seek God's blessing of fine weather for special occasions.