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14 Signs You Grew Up In A Big Irish-American Family

If your mom was a little too into Riverdance, this one's for you. To meet another proud Irish-American family, watch The McCarthys, October 30 on CBS.

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1. You were offered food immediately upon entering any relative's house.

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2. And you had to eat that food fast, or it would get eaten off your plate.

3. You had to attend 9 a.m. mass before opening Christmas presents, and it felt like this:

4. You've mastered the art of the Irish Goodbye (leaving a party unannounced).

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5. Family reunions were massive and looked like this:

6. You have a special name for Irish Coffee: coffee.

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7. You knew at least four guys named Tommy.

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8. You're sick of people asking "Don't all Irish people have red hair?"

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9. Family vacations were planned around the nearest church.

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10. At least one of your grandparents had a lot to say about the old country.

11. You know which county your ancestors came from in Ireland, but you have no idea where it actually is.

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12. This was Saint Patrick's Day with your cousin, Mickey, whose ideas weren't always so great:

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13. You didn't talk about feelings.

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14. But you didn't have to, because you knew family was always there for you.

To see another big family with a lot of pride, watch The McCarthys, premiering Thursday Oct. 30 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.

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