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We may have busy lives but we still find time for the family on Sundays

IRISH families still love the traditional Sunday roast – and Sunday lie-ins.

Despite our busy lives the 'day of rest' is still all about spending quality time together as a family, new research has found.

While having quality family time is difficult for Irish families during the week, Sunday is the one day where family time has held fast – with the Sunday dinner being the highlight and the Sunday roast taking centre stage.

More than half of families (52pc), eat together at least every second Sunday, according to Aldi's Irish Families at Easter opinion survey.

It found that almost half (43.5pc) of respondents said they spend just one hour or less a day on quality family time during the week, so being able to enjoy quality time as a family on a Sunday was deemed to be either important or very important to the majority (83pc) of respondents,

One third (34pc) agreed that Sunday is a day for relaxation and lie-ins, while 14pc felt Sunday is about "having precious family time", even with the in-laws according to a further 6pc who devote the day to visiting their partner's family.

But more than more than one in four (28pc) cited work commitments as preventing family time from happening, a further one third (32.9pc) said that activities and sports commitments were a barrier, while almost one in four (24.6pc) identified a lack of planning as an obstacle to enjoying time together on a Sunday.

Only 13pc said they eat dinner together as a family every day, but the majority of families (93pc) said they sit down to a family Sunday dinner at least once a month, with over half (52pc) doing so every other Sunday and nearly a fifth every Sunday.

The traditional roast with all the trimmings emerged as the clear favourite with over two-thirds (66.9pc) of people.

Aldi's Group Buying Director, Niall O'Connor, said: "Our research shows that finding the time to come together as a family during the week can be difficult for many households, which is why sitting around the table for Sunday dinner holds firm as an important family ritual in Ireland."