Kathleen MacMahon: Calling your mother from abroad has never been easier, but the ritual remains the same

There’s nothing like the breathless report of a complete stranger’s death to make you feel like you’re not just abroad, but perhaps even on another planet

Phoning home: our mothers are just dying to give us all the bad news. Picture: Getty

The young people in our house were out of the country last week, so I had the opportunity to take part in a ritual of Irish motherhood that goes back generations. I’m talking about THE CALL HOME, which I once made (shamefully sporadically) to my own mother from my various travels. I am now on the receiving end of these calls, and while there have been quantum leaps in technology, I’m happy to say that ...