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The comforts of home the Irish miss most when abroad

Tayto crisps, Barry’s Tea and Denny’s sausage and bacon are the home comforts that are most missed by Irish people living abroad.

That is according to a survey carried out by Irish magazine Checkout. They questioned 500 Irish adults who are currently living overseas, or had been until recently returning.

The comforts of home the Irish miss most when abroad
The same foods came up again and again as the products the Irish miss most when away from home.

It seems the biggest sacrifice that Irish people have to make when leaving their homes is the traditional Irish breakfast. Barry’s Tea, Kerrygold butter and Denny’s sausages and bacon all ranked highly in the survey.
Popular snacks Tayto crisps and Cadbury’s chocolate were also amongst the most missed foods.

Three out of four people also thought that the quality of stout overseas was not up there with what you get at home.

Martha Fanning of Behaviour & Attitudes, who collaborated with Checkout Magazine to conduct the survey, said: “It is of no great surprise that the Irish abroad or returned emigrants show deep fondness for iconic Irish brands. Away from home, we can struggle to retain our identity, and as such many chose to express or reinforce their sense of who they are through familiar brands.

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“The depth of our fondness for the pot of tea, the fry and Tayto is very significant indeed. One disappointing finding is that this audience tend to feel fruit and vegetables are better quality abroad than at home. A wish for 2015 is that, given time, we can reverse this attitude!”

There are currently thousands of Irish people living and working abroad, particularly in Britain, America, Canada and Australia. The slump in the Irish economy forced many to leave their homes to find work, and some have not yet decided, or are not yet able, to return home.

5 thoughts on “The comforts of home the Irish miss most when abroad

  1. Kate Kelk

    Soda farls, wheaten bread, ormo biscuits and gravy chips all greatly missed by me plus always come back from Belfast with a load of tayto cheese and onion and nambarrie teabags!

    13/06/2016 at 7:41 am
  2. Gloria McQuillan

    I am an Irish American who has returned twice. I hope to one day, soon, return for good. Prior to going I believed it would be a once in a lifetime visit and I’d “get it out of my system and move on,” what I did not count on was falling in love with the people, land, and diversity. I swear its the only place my soul feels truly alive, I miss it, and the tayto’s too, the black currant jam, brown bread and cherry scones with cream and tea by a fireside. I miss being on the rugged coast, rolling hills and mountain tops, and the local (small) towns like Ennis, Ballymena, Newcastle and Drogheda. I miss the people, food and rhythm of speech, and the glimmer of smiling Irish eyes. Yes, you can say I am truly smitten with all that is Irish.

    30/12/2015 at 2:53 pm
  3. Mary Williams

    I miss family , I miss everything . Music .good food . Big pot of tea put on the table when I have a cup out . ( Tiny jug of milk )a big jug of milk . When I have a cup of tea in M and S they give me a jug of milk the size of my thum , it drives me mad ,and then it’s milk that my dad gives to the calfs on the farm . I want to go back home to Galway and I will one day . I cannot bring myself to leave my children . They love Ireland I know they would be over there all the time .. I do go home 2 or 3 a year .when mammy was alive we spent all summer holidays there the kids loved it and I never want them to forget there roots .they are grown up now and married , they love Ireland ,I have my eye on a house there who knows I want to make it happen and it will . I wish I never had. To leave but in the 60s a lot did . O I could write a book . Better not say anymore . O my husband hates the Guinness here it is not like Ireland he says ,

    12/12/2015 at 9:21 pm
  4. Mary Ahe4n

    Kerrygold and Barry’s are easy to find in USA

    22/06/2015 at 1:01 am
  5. Kyran G Battersby

    thank you all very much – I get tremendous pleasure reading your articles on Ireland Calling !
    Former Dubliner living in Georgia USA for 45 yrs !
    Kyran G Battersby

    13/06/2015 at 12:34 am

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