Irish Mammy Sayings: Did you turn off the immersion?


Irish Mammy Sayings: Did you turn off the immersion?

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Size: A3 (297mm x 420mm) & A4 (210mm x 297mm. All prints are digitally printed to 179gsm matte paper. The frame is shown for illustration purposes only.


Irish Mammy Sayings: Did you turn off the immersion?

The immersion was a sacred device to Irish Mammies of the 1980’s and 90’s. It was the heartbeat of every household. Keeping the house warm, hot water flowing and drying clothes for a large family was a high science. The immersion was expensive to run, so mothers nationwide would preach the importance of using it sparingly.

As most early immersions didn’t have timers, they would often be left on too long and when the electricity bill came through the letterbox there would be hell to pay if it was high. Worse than the bill was getting caught leaving it on. This was a grave offence and repercussions were swift and involved a lot of shouting – sometimes regarding money not growing on trees. Excuses for leaving the immersion on varied from household to household. The most common method of blaming someone else was proving to be the most effective!

The phrase, “did you turn off the immersion” was also a universal symbol of an intention of leaving the house for a prolonged period of time. Rumour has it that the last economic downturn was actually caused by too many Irish people taking international holidays and leaving on their immersions! 😜



A3 (297mm x 420mm), A4 (210mm x 297mm)



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