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Ireland is home to creatures such as fairies, leprechauns and banshees but of these quintessentially Irish beings none is more feared or revered than the Irish Mammy! Her remedies include flat 7up and a cup of tea to heal you through a head cold while her wooden spoon ensures nobody steps out of line.

For those of you who have never encountered an Irish Mammy we’ll show you what to look out for as well as examples of some of our favourite Irish Mammies.


1. “Close the door, you weren’t born in a barn” – Word to the wise; do not respond with “no but I was born in a hospital with swinging doors” unless you want to see the wooden spoon!

2. “A Letter came for you in the post. Will I open it” – Don’t bother answering.. The letter has already been opened and read twice over!

3. “Those biscuits are for the visitors” – It’s Rich Tea and Digestives until there’s visitors and out of nowhere appears a beautiful box of USA Biscuits usually only bought at Christmas.

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4. “Well the Lord appeared and arose to many” – A particular favourite of my own mother who loves to use it after I’ve had a particularly late night and saunter downstairs late the next afternoon with a sore head.


Mrs. Brown

Probably the most famous and recognisable Irish Mammy. Agnes Brown (brainchild of comedian Brendan O’Carroll) is hilarious with an infectious laugh and dirty mind. The show is going from strength to strength and it’s easy to see why.

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Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Doyle

While not technically a mammy she does embody all that Irish Mammies hold dear. Her love and care for Father Ted, Dougal and Jack and her constant tea making make her in our eyes, an Irish Mammy.


As Fron is mother to Instagram star James Patrice it means we get up close action of an Irish Mammy. Like David Attenborough captures the beauty of the wild so to does James capture the elusiveness of Irish Mammies, at home, in their own habitat. It makes for belly laughs and if you’re not following him already go, go, go!

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Nancy Ashmawy

Strength, bravery and her love for her son Baz ensured that Nancy made this list. For those of you who don’t know Nancy is the star of Sky One’s show “50 Ways to Kill your Mammy”. Yep you read that right and yep it’s exactly what it says on the tin. The show follows the pair as they skydive, swim with sharks and wrestle crocodiles all with the wit, humour and one liners you’d expect only from an Irish Mammy.

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