10 phrases used by every Irish Mammy!

The Irish mammy is a complex creature that’s loved by many. She can usually be identified by her love of a Sunday roast, a good cup of tae and a few common phrases.

1. It’s a good day for drying


Some may announce the arrival of spring with blooming flowers and longer evenings but for the Irish mammy it’s all about that drying weather.

2. What did your last slave die of?


Ever left your shoes in the kitchen or your cup on the table? If so, you’ve certainly been a victim of this Irish mammy phrase. Usually followed by some stroppy eye-rolling from mammy’s direction.

3. You can hear, when you want to hear.


You’re strutting around with your headphones on, oblivious to the fact your mother is screaming at you on the other side of that music wall. Really, how were you to know?

4. A little birdy told me


Who is this little bird and why are they so chatty? An Irish mammy will find out your guilty secrets faster than Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple combined.

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5. Did you turn off the immersion?


The dreaded immersion! We always told her we switched it off…then we secretly legged it upstairs before she could go check.


6. Did you not hear? The money tree died!


Ah the famous money tree. It was usually pulled into conversation for dramatic effect when we mentioned writing our Christmas list in June.

7. That’s it! Where’s the wooden spoon?


It may be a controversial topic now but back in the day the wooden spoon was the ultimate threat of an angry Irish mammy.

8. I should start my own business…Mammies Taxis…I’d make a fortune


Hey we’re all for that entrepreneurial spirit and we’ll do anything to help a gal out. So…can you take me to town then?

9. There’s starving children that would be glad of that.


…six-year-old me says the starving children are welcome to my broccoli!

10. Alright, yeah…Alright bye bye, yeah bye bye….bye bye bye.


She’s usually on the phone to another Irish mammy.

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