Recent Happenings at Solas Bhride

Flower Demonstration 1                  Yuletide Glow

Flower Demonstration 2Solas Bhride had a full house for the Christmas Flower Demonstration by Christine Hughes, AOIFA. Christine enthralled all who were fortunate enough to attend with her amazing, artistic creations, such as the floral setting for a “Downton Abbey” occasion, “Christmas Cake”, “Plum pudding”, colourful swags and all shapes and sizes of arrangements.

Christine not only held the audience spellbound by her creations but also her anecdotal style of presentation. There were broad smiles on the Flower Demonstration 3faces of those fortunate enough to scoop some of the prized creations in the raffle. Solas Bhride deeply appreciated Christine’s fundraising efforts and all who supported the demonstration on the night.



APT – Act to Prevent Trafficking in Persons
A training session on the issue of human trafficking for those working in the Kildare andLeighlin Diocese was APT Meetingheld at Solas Bhride on Saturday, November 21st. The session was facilitated by Srs. Mary Ryan, Catherine Dunne and Rita Minehan. This is a first in a series of training workshops which will be held in dioceses throughout Ireland. The issue is a growing concern because of the increasing numbers of people being trafficked globally. Ireland is now a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. Further information available on

Reminder:   November 29th – People’s Climate March:

On Sunday 29th November walks will take place in the streets of Dublin, Cork and Belfast for Climate Change.
Millions of people will be marching in cities around the world on November 29th, in what organisers hope will be the largest climate change mobilisation in history, just before world leaders travel to Paris for the climate summit.
Dublin March: Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, 2pm
Cork March: Grand Parade, Cork, 2pm
Belfast Rally:pilgrimmaryjune2009 Writer’s Square, Befast, 2pm

“Let us ask forgiveness of the earth, 
For all our sins against her: 
For our violence and poisonings
Of her beauty”
In Praise of Earth by John O’Donohue

Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation visit Solas Bhride

Solas Bhride was delighted to welcome members of RENATE on Thursday, October 29th from 16 EurRenetaopean countries.
RENATE is a European network of religious committed to work together against human trafficking and exploitation. The members of RENATE are people belonging to various congregations, missionary societies and laity who are focused on this issue.
The members were attending a Conference in Dublin and took time to come to Kildare on pilgrimage to explore and experience the legacy of St. Brigid. The pilgrimage concluded in the Silken Thomas, with a meal which was followed by traditional Irish music and dance.
You will find further information about RENATE and their work on their website.

Another Award for Solas Bhride
Solas Bhride was honoured to receive a Special Award from Kildare County Council which was presented by the Mayor of Kildare, Mr. Brendan Weld and CEO Kildare County Council, Mr. Peter Carey, on Wednesday, October 28th in the Maynooth University. The presentation took place at special function marking the County Kildare Pride of Place and Tidy Towns competition. Solas Bhride has been nominated to represent Kildare County Council at the National Pride of Place Competition whose award ceremony will take place on November 14th in Ennis, Co. Clare. In presenting the Award Mr. Carey wished Solas Bhride every success.

Christmas Flower Demonstration, Thursday, November 19th @7.45 p.m.

Christmas Flower Demonstration