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With today being Mothers Day in Ireland, I wanted to post something a little humorous.

Pictured here is a sand sculpture titled "the Irish Mammy" which featured at an exhibition of sand sculpting in Dublin castle last summer. On display were a number of interesting works including a Claddagh which was formed of two hands wrapped around an anatomically correct heart!

This was the one that made me smile most though, as its a tribute to the Irish Mammy. In Ireland, its a long running joke that Irish men are deeply connected to their mums, and that the Irish Mammy is a unique thing. Even well into their forties, the Irish Mammy will happily continue to feed her sons, do their washing and offer advice. This can sometimes be to the annoyance of Irish women many of whom think that Irish men really want a wife to take over the role that mammy provided.

This sand sculpture shows a typical older Irish woman, her head scarf, a shopping bag on one arm and a handbag over the other. Wearing her raincoat to protect against the every damp Irish weather.

Google Irish Mammies and you will find a wealth of humorous sites dedicated to the subject. One I like lists the top 100 mammyisms, including.

I suppose you think your socks are going to pick themselves up?

Sit back from the television or you’ll get square eyes.

Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.

If you fall off that wall and break your legs don't come running to me!

A picture dedicated to mums everywhere. I never referred to my own mum as Mammy, and always used the much more American Mom instead. But everyone knows what a mammy is. Happy Mothers day to all.

Thanks for looking.

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