Put On Another Jumper: Dads Still Won’t Turn The Heating On

By Jane | October 29 2013 | 14 Comments

“Put on another jumper!” was the rallying cry of dads around the land as we begged as chislers for him to put the heating on.

So Ireland has a long and bitter connection with jumpers that seems to extend to everyone’s childhood.

Now that the clock has gone back we need something comfy and cosy to snuggle into.  We’ll be getting up in the dark and going home in the dark.  We’ll be stuffed onto the bus with the windows jammed shut and condensation steaming them up (shudder).  We’ll be shivering on our way to the shops and although we’ve been talking coats, cardigans and coatigans, there really is no substitute for the good aul geansai is there?

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14 Replies to "Put On Another Jumper: Dads Still Won’t Turn The Heating On"

  • IceQueen says:

    Eh, now that I have my own place, I thought I would be able to have the place all cosy whenever I wanted and click on the heating without worrying that Dad would notice and we’d end up shivering in our thermals.

    But no. Apparently this Dad-hates-the-heating thing is something that is taught from father to son. Because now I have to listen to Himself telling me to put a jumper on or throw a blanket over me etc etc.

    There is no escape!!

    • Aisling says:

      No it’s been beaten into us! I won’t put the heating on til October (though I did cheat this year) and am always turning it down. And lets not even go there with the immersion!

    • Banjaxed says:

      So true, but I made my husband promise before we moved back to Ireland that I could have the heating on as much as I liked or I wouldn’t move. So far he’s been ok actually (bar the odd sigh and eye rolling) – and it’s been 7 years!

  • Dree says:

    Oooooh! Jane – I love the Forever 21 one on the last page … a girl can never have enough stripy jumpers :-) I can’t find it on their webpage though. Do you know if it’s available yet? Thanks!!!

  • OtherMary says:

    Where I’m from everyone has house heating on at all times. All. Times. It costs so little. In older apartment buildings it is still centrally-controlled and gets turned on for the whole building when everyone there agrees…or something. Usually it means 15C indoors for a while, which is so bloody cold!

    Heating is so expensive in Ireland that I am always turning it down as well and trying to get the timer just right. The immersion is never on because in my current rented house it doesn’t seem to do anything.

  • fififinx says:

    Three words: Superdry. Nordic. Jumpers!
    Kildare Village has them at under 50 quid, and they’re worth it. For comparison, I have a genuine Norwegian Dale Classic jumper the family bought me (at about 200 pounds!) but it’s 8 years old and has been worn September to at least March every year I’ve had it. Every day. It was the only thing I felt warm in. The Superdry compares favourably in the warmth stakes at a much lower price.

  • Senora Espana says:

    It seems I have inhertied the Dad heating allergy in my house. My other half would gladly have the heating as much as he likes where as I’ll be there throwing on my dressing gown and leaving it until its really cold to put the heating on.

    • OtherMary says:

      My partner is the same! He would have it on all day and night as well. He pays half but so what…I get paid less so I control the heating. Besides, its nice to be covered in warm, cozy things.

  • CB says:

    I actually said that to my boyfriend the other day when I caught him turning the heating on. I have turned into my dad! But, my boyfriend grew up in a house when no one ever gave out about leaving the immersion on and where apparently you could put the heating on whenever you wanted!

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