Help needed in Kildare Town to break St. Brigid’s cross world record

St Briget's Cross.
A call has been issued for volunteers to join Kildare town’s attempt to smash the world record for making the most St. Brigid’s crosses in the one day.

A call has been issued for volunteers to join Kildare town’s attempt to smash the world record for making the most St. Brigid’s crosses in the one day.

Those interested are asked to register now to take part in the event at Aras Bride next Saturday September 21.

“We are looking for weavers,” said Sr. Mary Minehan of Solas Bhride, “They can register at Solas Bhríde or Kildare Heritage Centre or online at www.solasbhride.ie. They don’t have to worry if they can’t weave crosses, we have workshops on this week that they can attend. It’s going to be wonderful.”

Sr. Mary said there was great excitement as The St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering was launched last Sunday September 15 by Mayor of Kildare, Mark Wall. The festival, which runs until next Saturday 21, involves a week- long celebration of St. Brigid and her legacy. Large numbers of visitors are expected to celebrate the story of Brigid and enjoy music, dance, workshops, readings and pilgrimages.

Sr. Phil O’Shea said they were delighted that many groups from Kildare Town were involved in organising events over the course of the week.

“Between the Curragh Racecourse, The National Stud, Kildare Heritage Centre, Kildare Town Library and many others, almost everyone is getting involved in some way or another, we are thrilled”.

The programme of events includes guided tours of Monastic city of Kildare, St. Brigid’s Crosses weaving workshops, wall hanging weaving workshops, a ceramic art exhibition, A Pilgrimage - Walking in the footsteps of Brigid, Brigid’s Autumn Fire - Music and Readings at Kildare library, a country market, a guided tour of the Irish National Stud with Melodeon music, The Harvest Celebration Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well and a walk on the Curragh plains. Boyles are also organising a special evening where visitors will get a chance to taste meade and other drinks which would have been around during Brigid’s time.

At the official opening, Mayor Mark Wall welcomed overseas visitors, visitors from around the country and residents of Kildare town.

The crowd were treated to a performance from Scoil Rince Cill Dara. For full details on the events log on to www.solasbhride.ie

If you would like to take part in the world record, it is important to register as soon as possible. A cover charge of €5 applies to ensure the attempt meets the strict criteria.

- Niamh O’Donoghue