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Living with your parents in your 30s and 40s: ‘Mum and Dad are only delighted to see me go on dates’

Adult children living with their parents is a growing trend — and can be a hugely positive experience for all involved

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Erica Bracken with her parents Declan and Finola at their home in Co Cork.Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Erica Bracken with her parents Declan and Finola at their home in Co Cork.Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Conor Hanratty and his father Pat at home in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin

Conor Hanratty and his father Pat at home in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin

Karen Blaney at home in Dublin with her dad Ger. Photo: Mark Condren

Karen Blaney at home in Dublin with her dad Ger. Photo: Mark Condren

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Erica Bracken with her parents Declan and Finola at their home in Co Cork.Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘I do have this tinge of embarrassment when I have to bring it up,” Erica Bracken says. “If I was chatting to a guy it is not something I would lead with. It is something that I feel I have to explain.”

The majority of Irish people in their 20s live at home — around 68pc of Generation Z live with their parent, according to a 2021 report from the Economic and Social Research Institute.


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