Saturday 22 October 2016

The 'Dad Dancing' might be embarrassing, but 70pc of Irish people say their fathers go 'above and beyond for them'

Published 11/06/2015 | 11:30

Grandpa and Homer Simpson don't impress daughter Lisa with their bad dancing
Grandpa and Homer Simpson don't impress daughter Lisa with their bad dancing

Dads singing and dancing in public have left one-in-five of us "mortified", according to a new survey.

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The survey, commissioned by Photobox, found that the despite the 'embarrassing dad' element, nobody else will go above and beyond for us.

The new research, carried out among 333 Irish adults, wanted to examine the special bond we share with our dads ahead of Father’s Day on June 21st.

According to the survey, almost three quarters (71pc) say that their dad is the person in their life that goes above and beyond to help them, and a fifth (19pc) say that he is a great advice giver. Given that many of us admire our dad’s kind nature, it’s no surprise that more than half (54pc) of those questioned say they think women tend to marry men that share similar qualities to their father.

So reliant are we on our dads, that over a third (37pc) say they turn to their dad when they want things fixed around the house and almost half (46pc) claim their father is much better at fixing things than their partner.

When it comes to our most embarrassing memory of our fathers from our childhood, over a third (34pc) say giving out to them in front of their friends was their most cringe worthy moment.

Some 19pc of those surveyed, say their dad singing in public mortified them the most, while 18pc say that him dancing in front of their friends left them red faced.

The survey also asked for our favourite memories of our dad growing up. Going on road trips with all the family, being taught to ride a bike and going to GAA matches were some of our best memories that we had with our dads.

According to the PhotoBox survey, when it comes to Father’s Day gifts,  nine out of ten intend to buy their dad a present this Father’s Day, however 64pc say that they find their dad more difficult to buy for than their mum. The survey also found that a personalised gift is the number one choice for Dad, with 90pc saying they think it’s the most thoughtful gift. A photo of all the family is the most likely photograph that we would put on to a personalised gift for Dad (34pc).




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