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January 2020

Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well

January 31, 7:20 pm
Japanese Garden’s Carpark, Japanese Gardens
Kildare,

A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime. Venue:  Assemble at Japanese Garden car park at 7.20 p.m. If you wish, bring a light/lantern and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

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February 2020

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

February 1, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses Workshop in which participants will have the opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross. Venue:         Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town Time:           10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Admission:  FREE Visitors are welcome throughout the day

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Traditions and Customs

February 1, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

Revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid and their relevance today. Despite her high profile St. Brigid has always been an illusive figure but there is a wealth of folklore surrounding her.  In their presentation the Solas Bhride Team members, Margaret Walsh and Brenda Kindergan will explore many of the customs and traditions that were transmitted orally from around the time St. Brigid lived. Presenters:        Solas Bhride Team Venue:                 Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road…

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Eucharistic Celebration at St. Brigid’s well

February 2, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
St. Brigid’s Well, Brallistown Little,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Followed by refreshments at Solas Bhride. Car parking spaces available at Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road from 10.00 a.m. onwards Mass at the Well begins at 10.30 a.m. Solas Bhride Centre open for visitors throughout the day from 12.00 noon - 4.30 p.m.

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Harp Recital

February 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Come and enjoy a taste of Ireland’s unique harping heritage with Sarah Freely Venue:          Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Rd Time:            2.30 p.m - 3.30 p.m. Admission:  Free

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Where have all the insects gone?

February 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€5

Practical steps on how to make gardens pollinator friendly. Presenter:       Juanita Browne, Natural Biodiversity Data Centre Juanita coordinates implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced  the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together…

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Annual Celtic Lecture

February 4, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kildare Education Centre, Friary Rd
Kildare town, Co. Kildare Ireland
FREE

This Sacred Universe:  At the heart of religion and science Presenter:  Niamh Brennan Niamh Brennan (MA Development Studies; MA Culture and Spirituality) is a writer and workshop facilitator in the area of cosmology and spirituality. She is co-author with Greg Morter of the e-book The Universe Story in Science and Myth for Green Spirit. She is author of the book “The Human in the Universe”. In this book, the age-old existential human questions such as ‘what is love, what is…

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Sacred Dance

February 5, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

Experience harmony, peace and joy as we move gently into Spring. Sacred Dance emerged from European classical and folk dance traditions. Originally whole villages danced together for special celebrations or rituals that usually had a spiritual dimension that brought about a greater integration and harmony of body, mind and spirit. Sacred Dance involves movement in circles to traditional and classical music. Growing numbers of people find in Sacred Dance a sense of deep stillness and peace. Whether you are a…

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St. Brigid of Ireland In Europe

February 5, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Presenter:  Liam Kenny Kildare historian, Liam Kenny, is author of numerous articles on the very popular “Looking Back Series” in the Lenister Leader. His articles cover a variety of topics relating to the history, archaeology and heritage of Co. Kildare. Liam’s choice of topic for this Feile Bride event is “Brigid of Kildare in Europe – a Conversation” . In a recently published book “St. Brigid of Kildare – Life, Legend and Cult” (Four Courts Press 2017) the author Dr.…

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 Fire and Water:  a prayerful reflection      

February 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€5

Presenter: Noreen Ramsay is a contemporary Irish artist, working with glass and porcelain, to create beautiful gifts for special occasions and art for sacred spaces. She tells a story through her art, expressing symbolically in imagery, what cannot easily be expressed in words. Mainly working with overlapping layers of glass and ceramic she creates three dimensional images. Flat sheets of plain glass are fused, enamelled, etched, sandblasted, painted and fired. Pure white porcelain is combined with the glass and these…

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Floral Art Demonstration

February 6, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

  Presenter: Enda Thompson Phelan, AOIFA Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Rd, Kildare Town

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Kildare Town Library Event.

February 6, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kildare Town Library, Claregate St
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

"In ainm Bhride"/ In Brigid's Name An evening celebrating our local poets, writers, musicians and dancers at Kildare Town Library. Venue:                 Kildare Town Library Time:                    7.00 p.m. refreshments                                 7.30 p..m. Main event Other events at Kildare Town Library include: Cross Weaving with Beth Murphy Exhibition of pages from Josephine Hardiman's "Book of Kildare" Contact Kildare Town Library for full details of these events: Ph 045 520235 or kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie or visit www.kildare.ie  

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Feile Bride Concert

February 7, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Featuring Steve Cooney and Cormac Breatnach “The best musicians always have their own distinctive sound.... and their sound is instantly recognisable” Aoife Nic Cormaic Tickets €25, available from Solas Bhride Centre or Kildare Heritage Centre Throughout his long career, Cormac Juan Breatnach has recorded on more than 30 albums and played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Máire Breatnach. In 2018 Cormac collaborated with Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish to record his…

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Afri Peace and Justice Conference

February 8, 9:35 am - 4:30 pm
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

“Rekindling, Revitalising, Rewilding, Restoring” Greta Thunberg has become a world leader, speaking truth to power, exposing the emperor's 'no clothes' - doing what those in power have abysmally failed to do. The Feile Bride Afri Conference will be a response to Greta's call to action.  This will be the first year of the decade of real change.  We must rekindle the flame; revitalize our energies; rewild whenever and wherever possible and restore our awesome planet to its former glory.  We…

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