One in two Irish people go to see their mammy every week for Sunday lunch, and almost a quarter speak to her at least four or five times a week.
Irish mammies are famous as being the matriarchal figures of families, always wanting to make sure all her children are well fed, dressed and loved, as well as striking fear into those in the brood foolish enough to disobey her.
It seems that position of authority and love continues into adult life, as children grow up and move out.
The findings came from a survey carried out by belVita Breakfast as part of the launch of their Irish Mammies campaign.
Of those questioned, 50% of Irish people said they visit their mammy each week for Sunday dinner and a catch up. Many mammies are able to advise and encourage their children on a daily basis aswell, with nearly 25% of people admitted they spoke at least four times throughout the week.
Our mothers are the people we know we can always trust and will always look after us. The survey revealed that more than a quarter of people had given their mammy access to their own homes with keys and alarm codes.
It also found that 40% of people would think their mammy would start washing their clothes again if they were to move back into the family home.
belVita was promoting its range of breakfast bars and snacks and the survey revealed that 34% of Irish people skip breakfast during the week and only eat it at weekends. One in ten never eat breakfast at all. That is despite 70% of people agreeing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
The most common reasons given for missing breakfast was not being hungry in the morning with 53%, and not enough time with 45%.
belVita has encouraged Irish people to share their favourite ‘mammyisms’ online, starting with their Irish mammy’s favourite sayings at breakfast. The most popular was: “You’d forget your head if it wasn’t screwed on.”
Other mammyisms to strike a chord with Irish people included: “It’s fierce wet out there”, “Have you got your big coat on?” and “Do you think this is a hotel?”