(Kansas City, Missouri) - Comedian, columnist, broadcaster, and author Colm O'Regan is renowned throughout Ireland for his uproarious standup routines and series of bestselling books celebrating the wit, wisdom, pragmatism, and warmth of the women he admires as Irish Mammies.
You know a Mammy. You might be one. There are matriarchal equivalents around the world, advising "you'll get another wear out of that" and admonishing "I don't care WHO started it. I'm FINISHING it." They establish tea towel hierarchy and the importance of airing clothes properly.
Less than a week before St. Patrick's Day, O'Regan examines the global influence of the Irish Mammy through history, science, politics, and literature on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
O'Regan's trio of books grew out of his popular Twitter feed, @irishmammies, which now has more than 170,000 followers. The first volume, Isn't It Well for Ye?: The Book of Irish Mammies, was one of Ireland's top-five selling books in 2012. He followed with That's More of It Now and It's Earlier 'tis Getting, both best-sellers in the months leading up to Christmas 2013 and 2014, respectively.
While spotlighting the Irish Mammy, O'Regan makes all of us appreciate how funny our moms are even when they're not trying to be.
Raised in the small County Cork village of Dripsey and living now in Dublin, O'Regan performs as a standup comedian, writes a weekly column for The Irish Examiner, and also has written for The Irish Times and BBC Online Magazine. He is regular contributor to BBC World Service broadcasts and serves as host of a monthly Story Slam for the storytelling organization The Moth.
Admission to the event is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.