10 Things you don't do in an Irish house!

10 things you never do whilst growing up in an Irish Household….whether it be in a house in Ireland or a house on the southside of Chicago... You just can't do it! You're parents will agree.These may vary but I think you can relate to most of the 10. Let me know if you think of any more!

1. Boil the kettle with no water in it…We have all been lead to believe that this will cause the kettle to explode. Nobody has ever tried it so whether or not this is true remains to be seen but the fear alone of doing this is enough to always pick up the kettle and give it a shake before you boil it.

2. Never let the fire go out. It is seen as a sign of laziness. "You couldn't even keep the fire going". It is almost seen as an act of pure selfishness. This might seem a little dramatic but it is true. You will never be able to own your own house or live alone if you can't simply "throw a few briquettes on the fire"

"Keep an eye on that fire like a good lad"

3. Make tea for yourself without offering the rest of the family tea. It may not be commented on and you may think you have gotten away with it but it is noted in your families mental notes. Irish people hold grudges that can last a lifetime. You will slowly but surely notice you are being excluded from the tea round. Unless it is your mother. Irish mothers always offer tea to their offspring (especially a son), no matter how many times they have been excluded. Ahhhhh bless!

4. Throw your dinner in the bin… Whether it be a lot or a little. Growing up on a farm there is always a hungry animal out the back that will eat your leftovers. Whether it has fallen on the ground or didn't taste right. It is just something you don't do!

5. Let the heat get out…. You walk into a room and don't close the door behind you in the middle of winter. This kind of act can be punished with anything from a mouthful of abuse to a slap on the side of the head, depending on how close you are to the offended party.

6. Leave the curtains pulled later than 9 o clock in the day. "They'll think we're sleeping all day". I was never quite sure who "they" were but to leave the curtains pulled late into the morning is a definite on this list. It is seen as another act of laziness (see point 1)

7. Leave the immersion on. Holy Jaysus, this one is just blatant disregard! Again, your parents see this as an act of pure laziness. Your parents will start to question you on where you think money comes from and informing you that money is not something that grows on trees.

8. Eat a sandwich without a bag of crisps (chips). Whether you're a King or a Tayto kind of person. You could eat the most fulfilling sandwich ever created but it just doesn't hit the spot quite like it would if you had a packet of cheese and onion to go along with it!

9. Never question what your father is doing out in the garden. He may be digging holes in a symmetrical fashion that are exactly three foot apart but never ask why. You won't get an answer. The reason being, there is no answer! "Leave him off, sure he's happy" is the answer my mother would regularly give us!

10. Change the channel when your mother is watching Coronation Street. I have friends who are still suffering from the abuse they were subjected to when they unknowingly changed the channel in the middle of Coronation Street.

Coronation Street

Aside from that......it's a free-for-all!

 


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  • But there are no snakes in Ireland.

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    In reply to Aquinas wired:

    This is a common misconception!!

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    In reply to Robbie Dunne:

    No there really are no snakes in Ireland. Maybe one or two in the zoo or peoples pets but absolutely zero in the wild.

  • Good read. Thanks

  • Oh and do you put the crisps in the sandwich? Or is that an Ameican thing?

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    Yes, there is nothing better than a crisp sandwich! We also used to eat sugar sandwiches but this was only in our house I think!

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    Listen here Robbie Dunne, we invented sugar sangwidges in OUR house, now take that back or there'll be hell to pay... or whigs on the green.. or a big set to!

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    Bowie, I didn't claim to have invented them...we just perfected them! hahaha.... yeah "wigs on the green" was when you knew the shit was about to hit the fan!

  • Or you never let the turf bin go empty,or if you did you heard about it

  • If you want to go really old country, feel free to add the additional neuroses to your list

    11. Never kill a spider (signifies money)
    12. Don't sling an item over your shoulder however casually (signifies a dead body being carried out of the house)
    13. Follow every SINCERE statement with a 'God bless him/her"
    14. Don't pass salt directly at the table - nudge it to one another
    15. Have the 'Man of the House' place the first call of the new year to all and sundry, otherwise there will be fights (as if!)
    16. Don't ever get into a boat (in your dreams) with a dead person. I kid you not.

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    Haha, these are new to me. I will make sure to ask my great aunt. I am sure she will know!

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    Please explain to this 3rd generation Irish-American (now living in California) what an "immersion" is. I'm thinking steam heat, bit we don't use that term in Americay.

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    In reply to Jim Agnew:

    Jim, the immersion is what you need to turn on when having a shower. It can either heat the water or just turn on the pump to pump the water. They are indigenous to Ireland I believe. If you leave the immersion on, it wastes a lot of electricity!

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    In reply to Jim Agnew:

    Jim, sorry for the late reply. Immersion is the switch you have to turn on in order to get your shower working. From experience, Ireland is the only country in the world that uses this system. Leaving the immersion switched on is a mortal sin!

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    Nanna ran a tight ship., #6, Yes, curtains - sunrise to sunset to keep heat in, heat is wood(money). #2, wood again, I was the oldest grandson-responsible for bringin wood in at night. #1 put water in it ya stupid sh**, made mom's tea every morn. most of this is common sense.

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    What is a tayto? really?

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    In reply to Lee Lambert:

    Tayto is a kind of potato chip. Similar to Lay's in America. For the most part, you have Tayto or King crisps in Ireland that compete with each other.

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    In reply to Lee Lambert:

    A Tayto is a crisp, like an american "chip". There are typically two types of Crisps, Tayto or King. You are either a Tayto person or a King Person.

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