Celebrating St. Brigid - Feile Bride 2014

Feile Bride – January 31st – February 9th:   Programme of Events
Friday, January 31
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Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
An opportunity to learn the skill of weaving a St. Brigid’s cross.
Venue:            Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:              2.00—4.30 pm

 Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well
A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m.
If you wish bring a light/lantern

Saturday, February 1st –  Lá Fhéile Bhríde –  St. Brigid’s Day
A Walk in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
Assemble in the Market Square at St. Brigid’s Flame for a
guided walk, revisiting the ancient monastic sites of Kildare Town.

Time:     11.00 a.m.

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
A weaving workshop where participants will have the
opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross

Venue: 
Kildare Town Library
Time: 
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 pm

Craft Exhibition
Venue:  
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:     
1.00 – 5.00  pm

Unveiling of Sculpture of St. Brigid
NB: Sculpture delayed in transit so unveiling deferred.

A beautiful new sculpture of St. Brigid will be unveiled at the site of the new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare.
Car Parking:  Japanese Gardens car park.
Time:
  3.00 p.m.

 Sunday, February 2nd
Craft Exhibition
Venue:  
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:     
1.00 – 5.00  pm

Women making their Mark on The Curragh
(1.30pm – 5.00 pm)

A glimpse into the lives of women who work on or near Brigid’s pastures!
Suitable footwear essential.
Assemble:       1.30 p.m. in the Market Square.
Cost:               €10.00 includes ticket for bus.
Booking essential: Tickets available through the Heritage Centre
045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com

Monday, February 3rd
An evening of music with Luka Bloom
Venue:                        Heritage Centre
Time:             
8.00 pm
Booking essential: Tickets, €25, available through the Heritage Centre
Ph: 045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com
Only 4 tickets remaining. 
Proceeds to Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages Building Fund.

Tuesday, February 3rd
Quiet Reflection & Meditation
An hour of quiet and relaxation.
Venue:            Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:              11.00 am

Brigid, Bees & Brewing
Venue:            Boyle’s Pub
Time:              7.30 pm

Admission:      €8.00
Booking essential through Boyle’s or Judy at 086 8418909
Wednesday, February 5th
Creative Movement
An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.
Venue:                        Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:                          11.00 am

Annual Celtic Lecture
“The Spiritual Legacy of Patrick Kavanagh”
Lecture by Una Agnew ssl
Venue:            Kildare Education Centre
Time:            
8.00 p.m.
Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre

Thursday, February 6th
“Brigid’s Spring Awakening” – a literary celebration with music in Kildare Town Library
Venue:
           Kildare Town Library
Time:              7.30 pm
Hosted by Kildare Library

Saturday February 8th
2014 Afri Justice and Peace Conference
Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
Venue: Osborne Centre, Irish National Stud

Sunday February 9th,
Mass at St. Brigid’s Well
Time:              10.30 a.m.
Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in the Parish Centre.

“To Celebrate Sparks of Hope”
A morning of music, song and story
Music, by “Highly Strung”
Venue:          Aras Bhride, Kildare Town
Time:              12.00-1.30 p.m.
Admission:     €10.00   Concessions: €8.00

St. Brigid

Brigid, 'Mary of the Gael', abbess and patroness of Ireland, and founder of the first Irish monastery in Kildare, was born near Dundalk in 450 AD.   Tradition tells us that her unbounded charity drew multitudes of the poor to her door and much enraged her father Dubhtach, a Leinster pagan Chieftain and a stubborn disbeliever. As he lay on his deathbed, she sat by him and whiled away the time weaving a cross from the rushed at her feet. Her father asked her to explain its meaning and she told him the story of how Jesus was sacrificed on the cross to pay for man's sins, and that Christ rose again and lives today. After hearing the story, the man asked for forgiveness of his sins, converted to Christianity, and then died.

It is piously believed that this rush cross, which became her emblem, keeps fire and hunger from the homes in which it is displayed. For centuries, it has been customary on the eve of her feast-day,  for the Irish to fashion a St Brigid's Cross of straw or rushes and place it inside the house, over the door.  St Brigid's feast day falls on the first of February, the day on which she died in 524 AD. Her body lies at Downpatrick beside the graves of St Patrick and St Columba. Like all Irish art symbols, the St Brigid’s Cross has been adapted over the years and was the Radio Telefis Eireann symbol since its inception in 1961.

 

 

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