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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.


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).


5. Family reunions were massive and looked like this:

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


7. You knew at least four guys named Tommy.

Peter Mooney (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: peterm7

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


9. Family vacations were planned around the nearest church.

Courtest of Patrick Baker

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.


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

Jamie McCaffrey (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 15609463@N03

13. You didn't talk about feelings.


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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