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February 2018

Afri Justice and Peace Conference: Light out of Darkness

February 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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10.20 am  Registraton Speakers at this year’s conferene include Sunny and Peter Pringle.  Together they have established The Sunny Centre – a sanctuary for others, (like themselves),  who suffer injustice, especially people who are wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit and have spent time under sentence of death.  They will share their extraordinary stories at Feile Bride this year. Other speakers include the distinguished academic and activist Peador Kirby, who plays a leading role in the Cloughjordon Eco-Village; …

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Eucharistic Celebration at St. Brigid’s Well

February 4, 2018, 10:30 am GMT
St. Brigid’s Well, Brallistown Little,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Followed by refreshments at Solas Bhride Centre Wells are sacred places where down through the centuries people have gathered to pray.

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Solas Bhride Centre open to Visitors

February 4, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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All Welcome

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Sacred Dance

February 6, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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€10

A morning of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit. Dancing in a circle with others gives one a sense of well-being and an experience of community. No previous dance experience necessary.  Clear instructions will be given as each new dance is introduced. It will be a joyful, relaxing experience for all participants.

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Tastes from Nature’s Banquet

February 6, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Boyle’s Pub, The Square
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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€15

Join Susan and Judith Boyle for a fun evening of tasty bites and drinks through nature’s bounty and foraged ingredients. Tickets can be purchased through the www.boyleskildare.com website or by phone or in person at Boyle's pub Kildare town Tel: 045 521214/086 8418909 http://www.boyleskildare.com/Up-coming-events.html

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A very Buzzy Spring

February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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€5

Critters that matter for your garden Presenters: Nuala Madigan B.Ag.Env, M.Ed Presenter, Nuala Madigan, is the Environmental Education Officer with Irish Peatland Conservation Council.  Nuala is passionate about the environment and is constantly in demand offering a range of programmes of study to help students at primary and post primary level to explore and learn about wildlife. Nuala combines fun and active learning in all her presentations. We do not appreciate the role insects play in the food web. Insects help…

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Celtic Spitituality and our Cosmic Story

February 7, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Kildare Education Centre, Friary Rd
Kildare town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture Presenter: Niamh Brennan M.Ed Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre 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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A Morning of Quiet Reflection

February 8, 2018, 10:30 am - 11:30 am GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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The morning of quiet reflection provides an opportunity to ‘come away and rest awhile’. “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” ― Hafiz of Shiraz

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Celebrating the Festival of Brigid at Kildare Town Library

February 8, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Kildare Town Library, Claregate St
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Enjoy Readings by local Wordsmiths, Writers Group and others accompanied by music. Celebrating the Festival of Brigid at Kildare Town Library Willow Wonder Weaving Workshop / Ceardlann Fíochán Sailí le Beth Murphy 2.30 - 4.30 - Free event but places are limited. Please contact Kildare Town Library to book your place 045 520235 'Ceiliúradh Imbolc agus teacht an Earraigh faoi lámh Bríde' ag Leabharlann Baile Chill Dara - join us in Kildare Library to celebrate Féile Bríde and the coming of Spring, Thursday…

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Springtime: When Art and Nature meet

February 9, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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€10.00

An informative talk and demonstration on Mother Nature’s Springtime treasures from Enda’s garden in Laois. Presenter: Enda Thompson Phelan, AOIFA Enda, a floral artist, is the creator of Clonohill  Gardens which feature many interesting and unusual plants on a one acre site surrounding Clonohill House. The Gardens reveal Enda’s artistic sensitivity and attract much acclaim from visiting groups. In her workshop Enda will delight the participants with her artistic creations and also advise on suitable planting for garden spaces.

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Féile Bride Concert

February 11, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Featuring: Paul Lenihan, Tenor, Mary O’Donnel, Harpist and Ann Cullen, Piano/Fiddle Tickets: €20.00 on sale at Solas Bhride or Kildare Heritage Centre Mary O’Donnell Mary O'Donnell began her harp studies with the late Sr. Eugene McCabe at Mount Sackville School in Dublin and she later studied with Fiona Norwood, Sebastien Lipman and attended masterclasses with the renowned harpist and teacher Edward Witsenberg. In 1992 she was awarded an Entrance Exhibition to Trinity College Dublin and graduated with an honours degree…

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January 2019

Feile Bride 2019: Brigid: Flame of Justice and Peace

January 31, 2019 - February 9, 2019

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Brigid’s Eve Ritual

January 31, 2019, 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime facilitated by Solas Bhride Team.

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February 2019

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

February 1, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

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Willow Artistic Feature

February 2, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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€5

A practical demonstration on how to develop a feature using willow.

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Traditions & Customs

February 2, 2019, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€5

Revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid and their relevance today

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Eucharistic Celebration at St. Brigid’s well

February 3, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
St. Brigid’s Well, Brallistown Little,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Followed by refreshments at Solas Bhride Centre

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Feile Bride Concert Featuring Patrick Hyland, Tenor and guests

February 3, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€20

Multiple award winning tenor Patrick Hyland is a regular on the concert and operatic stage, performing globally in venues such as Glyndebourne Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, BAM New York, Wexford Opera House, the National Concert Hall and many more. He has performed by invitation for the President of Ireland, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and for the Irish Presidency of the European Union. He has received widespread critical acclaim from leading global magazines Opera News Magazine, Opera Today…

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Brigid and the Invisible Force of Nature

February 4, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Boyle’s Pub, The Square
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€20

Join Susan and Judith Boyle on a tasting adventure of the alcohol & food products made from microscopic yeast & good bacteria.

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Sacred Dance

February 5, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

A morning of genteel movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.  

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Floral Art Demonstration

February 6, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Floral Art Demonstration with Enda Thompson Phelan, AOIFA

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Annual Celtic Lecture

February 6, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Kildare Education Centre, Friary Rd
Kildare town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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Annual Celtic Lecture

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A Morning of Quiet Reflection

February 7, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:30 am GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

A Morning of Quiet Reflection  

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Shining Light Where Nature and Rushes Grow / An Nadúr is an Luachair a Choinneáil ar Lasadh

February 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
Kildare Town Library, Claregate St
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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an evening celebrating our local poets, writers, musicians and dancers at Kildare Town Library

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Afri Justice & Peace Conference

February 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Caoimhe de Barra: Until Love Conquers Fear Richard Moore: Educating the Heart Michael Doorly: Education for Liberation Meghan Carmody: Inspiring Solutions for People and Planet Kay Mulhall: Welcome the Stranger Music by Laoise Kelly   For full details go to www.afri.ie or email admin@afri.ie    

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November 2019

Annual Celtic Lecture

November 18, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Kildare Education Centre, Friary Rd
Kildare town, Co. Kildare Ireland
FREE

Speaker: To be confirmed. Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre. Enquiries to Kildare Education Centre:  Phone 045-530200 email: office@ekildare.ie

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January 2020

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

January 31, 7:20 pm GMT
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 GMT
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 GMT
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 ellusive 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 GMT
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 GMT
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 GMT
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 GMT
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 GMT
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 GMT
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, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
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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 GMT
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 GMT
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 Wednesday 5th February St Brigid’s Cross making workshop…

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Feile Bride Concert -Now Sold Out

February 7, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
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 GMT
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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