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Congregation

is a piece of work
about continuity.

About

the continuity between
generations

(or

lack of ). About
the role of religious

ritual

in maintaining, or
attempting to

maintain

this
continuity.

Congregation

is a piece of work
that sees

as if

through a child’s
eye

a ritual

spoken
or mouthed

this week

much as it was
the last

and will be

the next;
as it was

a generation

back
and will be

a generation

hence
maybe a little

changed

in the detail
but not much;

a ritual

that binds
individuals

for better or

worse
to a community

and a

past.
This is a piece of work

about migration.

About
members of a family

who grow up

in a particular
place

with a particular

tradition
and history

and who

travel
to another

place

for the chance
of a better

life. Or just

a job. Or just
a better

job.

And perhaps
in the place to which

they travel

find themselves
amongst

people

who care less
or care

nothing

for the traditions
and the rituals

of the place

from which they
came.

This is a piece of work

that grows out of
an image

lodged

in the memory
of a son whose mother

was brought up

in the traditions of the Holy
Roman Catholic

Church

as practised in rural Ireland
in the mid-twentieth

century

and who moved
to England

and married

and
in turn

(in her turn)

took her sons
to attend

Mass

at a church called The
Friary

in Crawley

near Gatwick
Airport

West Sussex

just as she had been
taken as a child

herself

to the Church of Saint Brigid,
in Drumkeeran

or Drumkeerin

(whichever)
County Leitrim.

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We have all been brought up.

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This is a piece of work
about having been

brought up.

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About the emotion
surrounding the fact

of having been

brought
up.