The annual Feile Bride festival, celebrating Kildare’s patron saint, kicked off last Friday January 31 in Kildare town.
The rain and the wind over the weekend did little to quench the atmosphere of the festival.
“It was wonderful. The first part of the Brigid’s Eve ritual was wonderful but we got drenched after that. It was the first time in the 23 years that we have been doing this that we’ve had rain. I suppose if you go any where else like Lourdes or elsewhere, you could have the same problems but it went really well,” said Sr Mary Minehan.
People dressed for the weather and were prepared for the rain. This year’s theme is “Kindling Sparks of Hope”. Organised by the Brigidine Sisters of Solas Bhride, Feile Bride will run until February 9.
The opening day’s programme of events included the Weaving of St. Brigid’s Crosses Workshop at the Heritage Centre. The Brigid’s Eve ritual took place at St. Brigid’s Well - a pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer. Luka Bloom, a long time friend of the event, was due to play an intimate evening of music at the Heritage Centre last night, February 3. One of the main events will be the Afri conference on Saturday February 8 at the Osborne Centre at the Irish National Stud. The full programme of events can be seen at www.solasbhride.ie