What Irish abroad miss most at Christmas time

by Rachel Cunningham
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Reconnecting with friends in the local pub is where 63 per cent of the Irish abroad’s hearts will be this Christmas, according to a survey conducted by The Paddy Box, writes Rachel Cunningham.

With roughly one million Irish-born people living abroad and many unable to return home this Christmas, the survey asked what quintessentially Irish Christmas traditions people living abroad would most miss this festive season. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was the next most popular answer, followed by horse racing on St. Stephen’s Day, the ‘Panto’ and a Christmas Day swim.

In terms of national characteristics, 67 per cent responded that they missed the Irish sense of humourand 21 per cent were longing for Irish friendliness.

The top hangover cure selected by the cohort was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the hot chicken fillet roll, with 29 per cent of people surveyed saying they missed this Irish snack. The breakfast roll came second at 23 per cent and 18 per cent said that they would reach for a packet of Tayto crisps.

Other foods that are sorely missed include a Christmas morning fry-up, with 38 per cent saying they crave a ‘full Irish’ with real Irish sausages, while 15 per cent said that they would miss a tin of Cadbury Roses on Christmas Day.

RTÉ announced this week that viewers watched this year’s Late Late Toy Show from 150 countries, including from all 50 states in the USA and all eight Australian territories and 35 per cent of respondents said that that streaming the show helped it to feel more like Christmas. Twenty five per cent of people said that playing Fairytale of New York also evokes a sense of home.

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