Brigids of the world unite

Margaret Walsh (C�irde Bhr�de), Sr. Mary Minehan, Sr. Rita Minehan and Sr. Phil OShea (Solas Bhr�de)
Plan’s for Kildare town’s world record attempt stepped up a gear last week, as it prepared welcomes Brigids from around the world.

Plan’s for Kildare town’s world record attempt stepped up a gear last week, as it prepared welcomes Brigids from around the world.

“Groups from Kildare Town came together last week at a momentum event in Teach Dara to support Solas Bhríde in planning a Guinness Book of Records event to set the world record for the most people making Brigid’s crosses together at the one time. The attempt is planned for the final day of a week-long celebration of St. Brigid that runs from Sunday 15 September to Saturday 21 September,” said the organisers.

Mary Keane of County Kildare LEADER Partnership explained that in addition to preparing for a very special Gathering event, the Partnership is actively supporting this project because of its practical application in developing an integrated tourism strategy for Kildare Town and surrounding communities for future projects.

Sr. Rita Minehan of Solas Bhríde shared details of the upcoming plans including the large number of volunteers needed in steward, witness and other support roles. “The Guinness Book of Records requirements are very significant and we will need support from across the community to make this happen,” noted Sr. Rita.

Peter Minnock, Director of Services with Kildare County Council; Tony Jones, Fáilte Ireland; Derek Dolan, Kildare Fáilte and Tom McCutcheon, Kildare Heritage Centre were in attendance.

“I know that if anyone can take on something as significant as this it is the Sisters,” said Tony Jones, “they have the charm and the foresight to make this happen”.

- Niamah O’Donoghue