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Mary Kenny: The old-fashioned mammy becoming extinct as society demands equality

Published 25/02/2013 | 04:00

Mrs Brown might be a truthful template of how we feel about mammies
Mrs Brown might be a truthful template of how we feel about mammies

Mother's Day is coming up in a few weeks – I know this because the shops are full of sentimental merchandise they're hoping to flog off to sons and daughters feeling vaguely guilty about not paying enough attention to their mothers.

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But with a question mark continually hovering over child benefit and the coming change in the Constitution which deletes the mother's special place in the home, perhaps our cultural attitudes to mothers are rather more ambivalent than the soppy Mother's Day consumerist stuff would suggest.

The runaway success of Brendan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown' might be a more truthful template of how we feel about mammies: comic, coarse, and domineering of everyone around them. Ha. Ha.

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