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‘If I'm sad, you make me happy’: 4 Irish families on their favourite moments together

‘There are so many of us – even if you’re fighting with one, you’ll have another one’


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WITHIN MOST FAMILIES, you’ll find a pretty varied mix of unexpected moments of kindness, tough love and a generous dose of laughter, especially if there are siblings in the picture.

A few years ago, Ruth, the youngest of the four Eustace sisters, broke her leg the day before a family holiday. When her older sister Abigail heard that Ruth was in hospital, she burst into tears. But not exactly for the reasons you’d expect.

‘I didn’t care about her leg at all, I just knew it meant we couldn’t go to Florida anymore – I was absolutely gutted’, laughs Abigail.

It’s a moment that still makes all four sisters laugh, and when we asked four Irish families for their favourite moments – they often ended in laughter.

Here’s a taste of what they had to say about their best moments together.

1. ‘Quality time’ isn’t always spent together

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Even without the sibling rivalries of sisters in their late teens and early twenties, the kids’ answers to what they loved doing together didn’t always tend to involve that much interaction…

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“Playing on the computer a lot” were the O’Brien girls’ answers, with their mum replying: “we don’t really do that together though. That’s more something you two do together!”

2. The embarrassing moments are usually the funniest

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Whether it’s a major texting faux pas like the one that Jordan’s sisters still cringe about or a chance to point out how easily your mum is scared by well, everything, our families reminded us that if there’s a chance to embarrass your loved one, run with it.

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Meanwhile with the Wakehams, impressions of what the littlest sibling was like as a baby will never fail to bring a smile to those who were old enough to remember it firsthand.

3. Deep down, you do appreciate them (a bit, I suppose)

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While for twin brother Charlie Boxshall, his favourite part of his family is actually spending time with them, Rachel Eustace expressed how handy it was having three sisters in moments of conflict: “There are so many of us, even if you’re fighting with one, you’ll have another one, you have a backup.”

Her sister Abigail wasn’t so sure if this was such a good thing however, reminding them that “you always side with Mammy and Daddy”.

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4. And if you need them, they’re there for you

Eldest daughter Mia found it easy to pick out what she loved about her dad: “You’re a great father and you look after us really well”.

Luke and Maya’s mum reminded them that Maya would always be the first to run over to Luke in the playground if he fell, while Maya expressed that he is always the one to cheer her up:

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Hear more about these Irish families’ heartwarming, funny moments together in the video above.

Got some funny family moments of your own to share? Let us know in the comments.

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