Replica of Dalai Lama’s cross on display

A replica of the St Brigid’s Cross presented to his Holiness the Dalai Lama last week will go on display at Newbridge Silverware for visitors to view.

A replica of the St Brigid’s Cross presented to his Holiness the Dalai Lama last week will go on display at Newbridge Silverware for visitors to view.

The cross, commissioned for the Brigidine Sisters for presentation to the exiled Tibeatan leader during his recent visit to Kildare, was created by Newbridge Silverware.

The piece, which is set in bog oak from the Bog of Allen, was designed by Emma Tunney of Newbridge Silverware. “I was delighted to be asked,” explained the designer from Newbridge who handed it over to the sisters the evening before the Dalai Lama arrived in Kildare. “It is a huge honour to be involved and to make the piece. I’ve used 16 strands of silver, which was the number used in a traditional Saint Brigid’s Cross. We wove it like you would weave a cross made from rushes.” For centuries, the St Brigids Cross has been recognised as one of the strongest symbols of Ireland and of Christianity.

The crosses are traditionally made on February 1, on St Brigid’s feast day.