Packed programme for Kildare town's Feile Bride

Lots planned to celebrate Kildare's patron saint, St Brigid

Packed programme for Kildare town's Feile Bride

The launch of Feile Bride, Kildare town

The launch of this year’s Feile Bride Festival celebrating the life of St Brigid took place last Wedneday at Solas Bhride.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘a light in the darkness’ and Sr Mary said people need to hear this message more now than ever before.

“It is going to be a lovely festival this year,” she said speaking to the Leader in advance of the launch.

“There are some lovely events planned such as the Celtic Spirituality and Cosmic Story and the Feile Bride concert with the tenor Paul Lenihan, harpist Mary O’Donnell and fiddle player Ann Cullen.”

The festival takes place from January 31 with St Brigid’s Eve celebrations on February 11 with the annual concert.

In between there are lots of events to take part in such as the Book of Kildare art Exhibition at the Heritage Centre, the Brigid Mary of the Gael walk and talk by local historian Mario Corrigan, both on Sunday afternoon, January 31, at 11am.

On St Brigid’s Day, February 1, a weaving work shop will take place at Solas Bhride Centre from 10.30am to 12pm. This will be followed by a revisiting of some of the traditions and customs associated with St Brigid and their relevance today.
A morning of gentle sacred dance will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at Solas Bhride from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Later that evening there is a tastes from natures banquet with Susan and Judith Boyle at Boyles Pub at 7.30pm. The banquet promises foraged food and drinks from nature’s bounty.