Registration is underway for participation in the Kildare Town attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the most people to weave St. Brigid’s crosses at the same time in the same location. Registrations are flowing in from all around the county and from around Ireland and overseas.
The challenge is scheduled for the final day of a week- long celebration of St. Brigid that runs from Sunday 15th September to Saturday 21st September. The St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering festival will see large numbers of visitors to Kildare Town to celebrate the story of Brigid and enjoy music, dance, workshops, readings and pilgrimages.
Doors open for the Guinness World Record challenge at 2.00pm on Saturday 21st September at St. Brigid’s parish church in Kildare Town. Doors will close at 2.45 pm Advance registration is available in person through Solas Bhride or Kildare Heritage Centre or online at www.solasbhride.ie and by post using the postcard registration form which was delivered to all homes in Kildare Town over the past few weeks. A limited number of registrations will be available on the day of the event. A participation cover charge of €5 applies.
Commenting on the registration process, Sr. Rita Minehan of Solas Bhríde stated that “the Guinness World Record criteria for qualification are very strict, we have to ensure that our cross weaving success rate is higher than 95% or we will be disqualified, this means that anyone that is not already familiar with weaving a St. Brigid’s cross will need to attend a practice workshop in advance of the record attempt.” Practice workshops will be running on the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday coming up to the event, workshop details from www.solasbhride.ie.