29 Jun 2022

Lots to do at Kildare town's Feile Bride

Annual festival to honour patron saint

Lots to do at Kildare town's Feile Bride

Anne Harte, Carmel Kindregan and Liz Cullen making St Bridget's Crosses during a previous Feile Bride

The annual Feile Bride programme in Kildare town begins on Sunday, January 29 with a guided walking tour of St Brigid’s Monastic site called Kildare Monastic Trail at 2.30pm.

There is also a Traditions and Customs afternoon revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St Brigid at Solas Bhride Center from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

On Monday, January 30 there will be a morning of gentle movement and sacred dance at Solas Bhride at 10.30am.

Later that evening there will be an overview of the Brigid and the Brehon Laws with a tasting of food and drink that they protected and influenced at Boyles pub from 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, January 31 there will be a morning of quiet reflection at Solas Bhride at 10.30am.

A Brigid’s eve ritual at St Brigid's well will take place later that evening at 7.30pm meeting at the Japanese Garden’s car park. This is a pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song, and prayer on the eve of spring time.

On Wednesday, February 1 St Brigid’s Day there will be a weaving of the crosses at Solas Bhride at 10.30am.

There will be a celebration concert called ‘Let your Light Shine’ with Luka Bloom, Fionnuala Gill and Cormac Breatnach at Solas Bhride that evening at 8pm.

On Thursday, February 2 there will be an interpretative floral art demonstration with Enda Thompson Phelan from 2.30pm at Solas Bhride.

The Wordsmith Writers Group will give a reading at the library later that evening at 7.30pm called ‘There’s a crack in everything —that’s how the light gets in' — Leonard Cohen.

On Friday, February 3 there will be the annual celtic heritage lecture on St Brigid given this year by Professor Marin Ni Dhonnchada at Kildare Education Centre at 8pm.

The Afri Justice and Peace Conference will take place on Saturday at Solas Bhride from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

On Sunday the Eucharistic Celebration will take place at St Brigid's Well at 10.30am.

St Brigid's Cathedral will be open to visitors and an art exhibition on the Book of Kildare will take place at the Heritage Centre.

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