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WATCH: Here’s what Irish dads mean to their children

What makes a good father – and how will you let him know tomorrow?


NOW THAT you’ve watched that, you’ll know when Father’s Day is (hint: tomorrow) and what not to buy your dad (hint: socks).

Did you also know that dads would rather a weekend away with their wife or partner (31%) over a day of golf with their pals (4%)? According to a survey of 300 Irish fathers, there is much more to the Irish da than we think we know.

  • For one thing, over half of us call our father ‘Dad‘ (52%), while 8% call him ‘Daddy‘ and 11% call him ‘Da‘.
  • Your Dad might like to treat you from time to time, but it turns out he prefers quality time with you above all else – 28% of dads opted for a play in the park with kids or playing games with them (24%), over going to the cinema with their children (11%), swimming (12%), going to a sports event (13%) or going to a show (12%).
  • Irish fathers worry about you too – 61% stay awake worrying about their children’s health, 44% worry about being a good role model and 41% worry about financial commitments.

The survey also puts US President Barack Obama top of the ‘inspirational Dads’ list, followed by our own President Michael D Higgins, followed by David Beckham and the rather more dubious fictional character of Walter White from TV’s Breaking Bad. (See the infographic for more fun facts from the survey).

We think you can do better than that. Tell us why your Dad is top of the pops in our comments section – or what being a father means to you. 

While you’re at it, take a hint from the survey that says the Father’s Day gift he most wants is a break away with his other half… Irish Life is giving away a spa break for two – click here to enter.

Irish Life Assurance plc. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. 

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