Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Mammy's dinner' may be the dream but less than half of Irish emigrants will return home for Yuletide season

For those who do live abroad, it’s the Christmas dinner with family and friends that’s most missed on the big day.
For those who do live abroad, it’s the Christmas dinner with family and friends that’s most missed on the big day.

A ‘mammy-cooked’ dinner might be what every Irish person craves once yuletide rolls around, but less than half of those who live abroad will make it home this Christmas.

And, for those who do live abroad, it’s the Christmas dinner with family and friends that’s most missed on the big day.

The research, carried out by Lyons Tea ‘Bring The Talk Home’ campaign, discovered that 46 per cent of those living abroad won’t make it home to Ireland this Christmas and 52 per cent miss the family dinner aspect of the day the most.

A total of 12 per cent of Irish emigrants said they missed meeting up with family and friends for a chat over a cup of brew.

And, as proof that the world is getting smaller with thanks to the internet, almost half of people living abroad said they use mobile apps like Skype, Viber and What’s App to keep in touch with friends and family at home.

Just one in ten said they used Facebook the most and only 6 per cent said they’d choose email over a phone-call or text.

Only eight per cent of people living outside of Ireland said they called home most using a landline.

Since the start of the Lyons ‘Bring The Talk Home’ campaign, 40 people have been brought home to Ireland for Christmas.

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