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Isn't It Well For Ye?: The Book of Irish Mammies [Hardcover]

Colm O'Regan
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012

A BOOK if you don't mind! And him with a degree and a job and all.

Everyone should have an Irish Mammy. She's never short of advice, a kind word and a cup of tea (making sure to scald the teapot first, of course).

Bring the coat anyway. If it's too hot you can take it off.

Comedian Colm O'Regan explores the phenomenon of the Irish Mammy and what she might say about everything from the 'new mass' to the cardinal sin of not owning a cough bottle and the importance of airing clothes properly. The global influence of the Irish Mammy, through history, science, politics and literature, is undeniable. Did you know, for instance, that Hamlet had an Irish Mammy?

So if you're an Irish Mammy, have one, know one or suspect you might be turning into one, this book will act as your guide. But be aware that though this book might think it knows it all, it doesn't, only Mammy knows it all.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1848271484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848271487
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything you always wanted to know about the Irish Mammy . . . but were too timid to ask, weren't you pet?

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A BOOK if you don't mind! And him with a degree and a job and all.

Everyone should have an Irish Mammy. She's never short of advice, a kind word and a cup of tea (making sure to scald the teapot first, of course).

Bring the coat anyway. If it's too hot you can take it off.

Comedian Colm O'Regan explores the phenomenon of the Irish Mammy and what she might say about everything from the 'new mass' to the cardinal sin of not owning a cough bottle and the importance of airing clothes properly. The global influence of the Irish Mammy, through history, science, politics and literature, is undeniable. Did you know, for instance, that Hamlet had an Irish Mammy?

So if you're an Irish Mammy, have one, know one or suspect you might be turning into one, this book will act as your guide. But be aware that though this book might think it knows it all, it doesn't, only Mammy knows it all.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read - episodic and funny 17 July 2013
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Really will only ever be read by Irish - and probably only 1st and 2nd generations born outside of Ireland, with warm thoughts about our homeland. it's a lovely homage to Irish Mammies and sometimes Irish Daddies and the rest of the gang too. Lots of use of well known Irish words that arent 'cod' Irish. I've re-read this about 3 times now - Kindle version - on flights, on the exercise bike and bed time reading, so it's a good buy too, as you get a lot out of re-reading :0D
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious observation of Irish Mammies 8 Nov 2012
By Grace
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This is a great book. I laughed so much as I read this, especially the chapter about what the leaving cert would be like if an "Irish Mammy" wrote the paper.
Even though this book is dedicated to the "Irish Mammy" I think this book can be enjoyed universally as we all appreciate how funny our Mums are, even when they are not trying to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grand ole bit of fun! 3 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover
Colm O'Regan is a stand-up comedian, columnist and broadcaster and the concept for this book started out as a Twitter account @irishmammies, which had thousands of followers after just a few months, now 50,000. Published by Transworld Ireland and billed as 'an exploration of the phenomenon of the Irish Mammy', this is going to be a very popular present for all those mammies out there.
With a good old rubber water bottle on the cover and comedy in the first page, a cave painting of a hot press and the Ogham script translated as 'A grand bit of drying out', you can quickly see where this book is going. The Irish language is cited as 'ideal for no-nonsense dismissals of messers and wasters' and The Constitution of the House is very funny opening with 'Article I: While you're under this roof...'
There's the 'war on damp', the weather (of course) and the inevitable cough-bottle along with the top five reminiscable diseases, 'Will I ever forget that winter? All three of you had the croup.' The points chatter comes with a Mammy-designed leaving cert exam paper and don't forget the all important messages, 'They're gone very dear in there altogether.'
They're all in here, but I won't quote any more for fear of giving the fun away. It'll be a 'grand bit of fun for them'- now whether the mammy's will see the humour only you can judge that yourself but you will certainly be having a good ole giggle yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 29 Jan 2013
By Megan
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Highly recommended to anyone who has or knows an Irish Mammy.

Was actually shocked to find out that I am slowly but surely turning into an Irish Mammy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 20 Jan 2013
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it was so funny it is like listening to myself
all the way through the book !!
I am an irish mammy !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great craic! 29 Mar 2013
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Whether you're Irish or only know someone irish, this will ring so many bells with you.
The Irish Mammy is alive and well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite books 14 Jan 2013
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I love reading any books about Ireland especially the comedy and history ones, As yet I have never been dissappointed and look forward to the next ones that come on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 19 Dec 2013
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I got this for my own Irish Mammy and we both enjoyed it. It did make me realise how many of my mother's idiosyncrasies (the obsession with the hot press) are not individual to her but are shared by her whole nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book
Humourous book for those who appreciate the uniqueness of Irish mothers (and grandmothers), I purchased this as a gift for my brother and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Ainslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for a friend
Bought to accompany the other book in this series for a friend. Received on time and in minimum packaging. A quick flick through showed me I'd chosen well.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Hilarious!!
I bought this for my 'Irish Mammy' for Christmas but couldn't resist reading the first couple of chapters. Just hilarious. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JMH123456
1.0 out of 5 stars poor literature
The silliest book I;ve had for years.. Scrappy and childish. Fit for a kids shelf -.waste of money.No need for more words
Published 5 months ago by maurice gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Really made me laugh out loud in places. I can hear all my Irish friends in one or another part of the book. Very entertaining.
Published 10 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great craic!
For those if us who have ever met an typical Irish woman (similar to Mrs. Doyle or 'Father Ted'), this book is a great laugh. The title alone reminds me so much of Irish women. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cúchullain
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes your Irish Mammy tick!
This book will appeal to anyone brought up in the North or South of Ireland who wonders about their mammy's fascination with airing beds and the mystery of the organisation of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by NickyP
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
I read about this book on Twitter and knew that I just had to get a copy for my Mum. She's the genuine thing, a real 'Irish Mammy' and just looking at the cover reminds me of her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lincs Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I almost wee-ed myself!
Bought for my sister's birthday and she almost didn't get to enjoy this as I wanted to read it all first! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jen
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