Holy Bubbles was created during a week long artist residency I carried out in Fennelly's, Callan, Co. Kilkenny in the lead up to the Abhainn Rí Festival 2013. The piece was created in response to Callan town and its history following this research residency in Fennellys co-ordinated by curator Etaoin Holahan. The Holy Bubbles audio features the voices of local Callan primary schoolgirls Megan Ryan and Zoe Ramsbottom. The girls describe how they say the phrase 'Holy bubbles, come up to me' when looking into the Augustinian holy well located in Callan meadow, as taught to them by their mothers, in order to make gas bubbles rise from underneath the sandy bed of the well to the surface of the water. This phrase is documented in a Callan Historical Society publication as having been said by late Callan artist Tony O'Malley when he was a child along with his brother, while looking into the same well circa 1920. This artwork explores how mythology connected with local physical spaces can be passed on verbally through generations, and how this mythology is used colloquially to explain magical phenomena.

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