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Mario Rosenstock: I hope dad is proud... maybe we could talk over a pint sometime

This week marks 20 years of Gift Grub - and Mario Rosenstock is taking time to reflect, writes Niamh Horan

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Mario Rosenstock. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Mario Rosenstock. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Mario Rosenstock. Photo by Steve Humphreys

A young curly- haired blonde boy stands in the kitchen impersonating family members for his granny. She's bent in two laughing. Wiping away the tears, she takes the boy by the shoulders and vigorously shakes him. "You've got it," she says, suddenly turning serious. "Don't ever forget this. You're going to be great."

Mario Rosenstock is recalling the first time that he made someone laugh. How did it make him feel? "Warm, loved. It felt like home," he muses.

Following a "fractious" and "unstable" upbringing, he lived with his grandparents to escape his parents' constant rowing. They eventually split but even today Mario's relationship with his father remains broken. The pair haven't spoken in 10 years. "There is no fight, no war." Was his father physically abusive? "In fact the opposite," says Mario, "remoteness."


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