Colm O'Regan

It's Earlier 'Tis Getting: The Christmas Book of Irish Mammies
  • It's Earlier 'Tis Getting: The Christmas Book of Irish Mammies

  • Colm O'Regan

    Christmas – a time for peace, joy and Mammies.

    While others are focusing on Santa/Santy, the school nativity play, the office party and its wild cousin the Twelve Pubs, panicked present shopping and the delicate diplomacy of in-law visiting, the Irish Mammy is mobilized in her war-room – ready for the campaign. Electric blankets have been set to maximum power; cards have been despatched; the turkey has been ordered; the decorations have been retrieved from the Place Where The Decorations Go and the fifth Big Shop (to get breadcrumbs) has been completed.

    There are homecomings from near and far, new arrivals, drama, bustle, tears and laughter, and Mammy at the heart of it all, directing operations.

    There’s bound to be something she’s forgotten – but luckily, just like a certain someone, she’s made a list.

Colm O’Regan is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, columnist, broadcaster and author of three best-selling Irish Mammies books, Isn’t It Well For Ye?, That’s More Of It Now and It's Earlier 'Tis Getting, based on his @irishmammies Twitter account, which is now followed by over 200,000 people. He writes a weekly column for The Irish Examiner and has written for The Irish Times and BBC Online Magazine. Colm is a regular contributor on Irish radio and the BBC World Service and has hosted his own radio show on RTE 1, Colm O'Regan Wants a Word as well as contributing to the Drivetime Diaries. As a comedian, he has performed to sell-out crowds all over the world from Tokyo to Cape Town and including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Cat Laughs and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. His stand-up has also featured on RTÉ’s Late Late Show and on Comedy Central. From Dripsey in County Cork, Colm now lives in Dublin (but he’ll ring home on a Sunday evening for news).