As the mornings sneak back some brightness and the fresh spring breeze signals its return, it’s that time of year again for the launch of Feile Bride.
The local steering committee and its supporters met at Solas Bride in Kildare town last Tuesday January 14 to announce plans for the programme of events.
Spearheaded by the Brigidine Sisters, Feile Bride will run from January 31 to February 9.
This year’s theme is “Kindling Sparks of Hope.”
The list of events of course wouldn’t be complete without the symbolic weaving of St. Brigid’s Crosses workshops, craft exhibitions, A walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid and the Brigid’s Eve well ritual.
One of Kildare’ s most well known singer/songwriters, Luke Bloom also features in the line up.
A new sculpture of St. Brigid will be unveiled at the site of the new Solas Bhride Centre on the Tully Road on February 1.
One of the main events - the annual Afri conference takes place on Saturday February 8 at the Osborne Centre. This year’s theme is “Life: Source or Resource” and the speakers include Feargal Anderson, who will talk about “Food, Sovereignty and Resilience: Living well with the Planet.” Abjata Khalif will speak about “Lighting the way to Climate Justice: Finding solutions in Northern Kenya.”
Donal Dorr will discuss human trafficking.
Many of the events are free but booking is required for some. Check out www.solasbhride.ie for the full schedule.
Full details and booking for the Afri conference can be done through www.afri.ie
The first Féile Bríde was born in 1993. The organisers believe it is a time for celebration and reflection in spirit of Brigid’s message of justice, peace and hope, which is still relevant today.