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Sandwich Remains Popular School Lunchbox Choice Across Ireland

By Donna Ahern
Sandwich Remains Popular School Lunchbox Choice Across Ireland

Despite the numerous options available trusted staples such as sandwiches remains a popular school lunchbox choice, across Ireland, research has revealed. 

According to new research as part of the national Healthy Heroes School Programme in association with the Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA), 42% of adults with children in primary or secondary school include a sandwich in their child’s lunchbox every single day, with a third (33%) making it a ham and cheese.

With a previous study from the IBBA showing that a toasted ham and cheese is the nation’s favourite sandwich, it’s clear that the love affair continues for this ingredient combo.

Read More: Ham, Cheese And Onion Toastie Revealed As Nations Favourite Sandwich

Physical Activities


Not only is the ritual of the lunchbox sandwich alive and well, the findings also show that almost a quarter (23%) of adults with school-aged children add an extra sandwich to their child's lunchbox on days that are particularly busy with physical activities.

This habit is especially common during the final school term, the data showed. 

Nearly six in 10 (55%) parents report their children participating in two-three physical activities per week during this last week of school.

Nostalgic Memories

The survey also delved into the nostalgic memories of adults as they reminisced about their own school days and their favourite sandwich fillings from childhood.


Ham and cheese emerged as the most preferred sandwich filling, with 42% of respondents claiming it as their top choice.

Corned beef also evoked strong memories with almost a third (28%) of respondents saying it was always in their top three preferences of lunchbox sandwich options growing up.

© 2023 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more fresh news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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