Domhnall Gleeson says his Irish mammy Mary is just as artistic as his famous father

Domhnall Gleeson

Irish star Domhnall Gleeson has spoken about the importance of his Irish mammy and what an influence his parents have had on his life.

Of course, Domhnall is the son of acting legend Brendan Gleeson, and grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps as an actor.

But he was sure to give his mother Mary just as much credit in making him the man he is today.

Given his father’s status in the acting world it is only natural that Domhnall is often asked about him.

However, he credits social worker Mary Gleeson as been the woman who has been instrumental in keeping the family together while the boys (Brendan, Domhnall and brothers Brian, Fergus and Rúairí) are off doing their own things.

He told the Sun on Sunday: “My mother is every bit as important to our family as my father. Both of them are fantastic parents.

“Keeping a family together is pretty artistic too and takes a lot of creativity, I would think.

“My mom’s just a brilliant woman. She’s her own person, there’s no way to describe her quickly. She’s amazing. I couldn’t have a better mom. You know, Irish guys and their mothers is a thing.

“We’re all mad about our mams, but I’d take mine over any other one. She’s the business and very supportive and realistic at the same time.

“In a way, we all manage the family collectively, because if something matters you have to be careful with it, so everybody plays their part.

“But certainly, Mom keeps things together as everyone else flies away. My dad was away for five months doing Mr Mercedes, Brian is over on the West End and two of my brothers were living in Canada for a while and I was in London for a good bit.

“So at times, it’s just her and Seamus, the Cocker Spaniel.”