Mayor of Kildare to launch St. Brigid Gathering Festival

Margaret Walsh (C�irde Bhr�de), Sr. Mary Minehan, Sr. Rita Minehan and Sr. Phil OShea (Solas Bhr�de) at the launch of the festival.
Mayor of Kildare, Mark Wall will officially launch the first ever St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival in Kildare town this Sunday September 15 at 2pm.

Mayor of Kildare, Mark Wall will officially launch the first ever St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival in Kildare town this Sunday September 15 at 2pm.

The launch takes place at Market Square. The Mayor is expected to welcome overseas visitors, visitors from around the country and residents of Kildare Town. According to the organisers, the Brigidine sisters from Solas Bhride, the opening event promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon for all the family with performances from Scoil Rince Cill Dara, music and celebration.

“It’s going to be a wonderful week culminating in our world record attempt to make any many St. Brigid’s Crosses in the same location on September 21,” said Sr. Mary Minehan.

She is calling for volunteers to register to take part either in person through Solas Bhríde or Kildare Heritage Centre or online at www.solasbhride.ie

“We need weavers. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience, there are weaving workshops throughout the week where you learn how to make the crosses,” she added.

The festival involves a week long celebration of St. Brigid and her legacy and runs from Sunday 15 September to Saturday 21. The festival will see visitors enjoy music, dance, workshops, readings and pilgrimages.

Sr. Phil O’Shea of Solas Bhríde 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”.

A limited number of registrations for the world record attempt will be available on the day. However, it is advised to register in advance. A cover charge of €5 applies.

For the full programme of events log on to www.solasbhride.ie