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The Snapper’s Dessie Curley

The Snapper’s Dessie Curley

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The Snapper’s Dessie Curley

With her tabard and love of good drying weather, the Irish Mammy is a towering institution in pop culture. The Irish Daddy is no slouch either; the ostensible head of the house, it often falls on Dad to dispense good advice, open the wallet and remind his offspring to listen to their mother (results may vary).

For the weekend that’s in it, with Father’s Day this Sunday, we’ve taken a trawl through the annals of Irish film and TV to find the good, the bad and the downright cranky Irish dads.

1 Malachy McCourt, ‘Angela’s Ashes’ (played by Robert Carlyle)