St. Brigid’s World record confirmed

The people of Kildare town have now officially entered the Guinness world record books for making the most St. Brigid’s Crosses in the one place at the same time.

The people of Kildare town have now officially entered the Guinness world record books for making the most St. Brigid’s Crosses in the one place at the same time.

The record is 357 and it was set at St. Brigid’s parish church on September 21.

Margaret Walsh of Cáirde Bhríde and Rita Minehan of Solas Bhríde received notice of the success last Wednesday November 6.

“We are absolutely thrilled” said Margaret, “it was such a wonderful day, so many people from Kildare Town, Newbridge, Kill, Nurney, Rathangan and beyond Co. Kildare gathered in the church weaving together, the atmosphere was really very special and it has helped reawaken awareness of the importance of Brigid to our town.”

Brigidine Sister, Rita Minehan stressed; “we couldn’t have done it without so much help from those who organised the supplies, all those who volunteered on the day, all those who participated and everyone else who helped along the way to make it happen, they were all wonderful. This is a truly historic moment for Kildare,” said Rita.

The world record attempt was organised by Solas Bhríde, Cairde Bhríde, Kildare Heritage Centre and local community groups and was part of a week-long Gathering festival celebrating St. Brigid and her legacy, which was sponsored by IPB and supported by Kildare County Council and County Kildare Leader Partnership. The process involved detailed assessment of witnesses, photo and video evidence submitted to Guinness World Record assessors. The World Record Certificate will hang proudly on the walls of the new purpose built Spirituality Centre, Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, which is due to open in Kildare Town, in Spring 2014.