World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Each year, July 30 is set aside as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. We know that human trafficking and slavery occur in every country around the world and as Pope Francis reminds us “is a crime against humanity“.

Solas Bhride is committed to working in collaboration with others to bring an end to this abuse of human rights. We are involved in a number of different networks such as UNANIMA International, RENATE in Europe, ANZRATH in New Zealand, ACRATH in Australia and TRAC in the UK.

Aspects of the work of these networks include:

  •  raising awareness about human trafficking,
  • advocating for the rights of trafficked people (particularly girls and women)
  • supporting survivors of trafficking and various forms of modern day slavery and
  • supporting young girls and women vulnerable to being forced to marry.

As we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July this year, let us consider ways in which we can each use our voice, our networks and our resources to help eliminate human trafficking today.

Let us pray for those who are vulnerable to being trafficked because of poverty, family breakdown, displacement because of wars or violence, lack of education, employment or other opportunities for a life with dignity.

May we continue to work to overcome these inequalities in the world so that all “May have life and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10)


Afri Conference at Féile Bríde 2018

Section of the large crowd at the Afri Conference “Light out of Darkness” held on February 3rd at Solas Bhride.

Speakers at the Afri Conference:  Peader Kirby, Hanny Van Geel, Sunny and Peter Pringle with Joe Murray, Director of Afri

Mabel singing at the Afri Conference

Kildare Men’s Shed

Members of the Men’s Shed proudly display the new poly-tunnel they have constructed complete with several raised beds.  They hope to begin planting variety of vegetables during the coming spring. Many people called on their Open Day on Friday 2nd to view their activities.

Over 200 people crossed the threshold of Solas Bhride on St. Brigid’s Day

Over 200 people crossed the threshold of Solas Bhride on St. Brigid’s Day

RTE presenter Brenda O’Donoghue making  preparations with children from St. Brigid’s school who sang “We Sing a Song to Brigid” for the evening programme “Today with Maura and Daithi”.  On the programme she also interviewed Rita Minehan, csb who spoke about Solas Bhride Centre and Margaret Walsh who wove a St. Brigid’s cross while recounting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid.

Launch of Book “St. Brigid of Kildare – Life, Legend and Cult”

Rita Minehan,csb, Brenda Kindregran, Mary Minehan,csb at Book Launch

Dr. Noel Kissane signs copy of his book for Rita Minehan, csb

Members of the Solas Bhride Team were invited to the launch of “St. Brigid of Kildare, Life, Legend and Cult” by Dr. Noel Kissane in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin on Thursday, July 20th. Dr. Noel, recently retired from the National Library of Ireland, where he held the positions of Education Officer and Keeper of Manuscripts for over thirty years, and he has devoted the past four years to the research and writing of his book.   “This book reviews all the evidence – history, legend and folklore – and concludes that while she has many of the attributes of the goddess Brigid, she was certainly a real person.  The book reviews her cult and veneration in Ireland and overseas, from her lifetime down to the present day…..
Speaking at the launch Dr. Noel said “I hope the book is sufficiently detailed for most readers, but I trust I have heeded the sage advice tendered to writers the the late Maurice Craig, ‘Try not to tell everything’, and that reading it will be as interesting and rewarding for the reader as writing it was for the author.”
“St. Brigid of Kildare, Life, Legend and Cult” is published by Four Courts Press –

July/August Bookings

Thursday, July 6th:        Louisiana Parish Group – Premier Travel
Sunday, July 9th:           Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage
Tuesday, July 18th:        St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Litchfield, Arizona
Wednesday, July 19th:  USA Student Pilgrim Group
Friday, July 20th:          Mercy Sisters, Pilgrim Group
Monday, July, 24th:      Mt. St. Anne’s Retirement Group
Tuesday,July 25th:        Brigid’s Healing Journey to Ireland, Dermot O’Hara
Monday, 14th:               A Celtic Pilgrimage with Monica Browne
Saturday, 19th:             Pilgrimage Afternoon (see events)
Please note Solas Bhride Centre will be closed from Friday, August 25th to September 1st.

Solas Bhride Golf Classic, May 15th 2017

A Golf Classic in aid of Solas Bhride Centre will be held in the K Club (Smurfit Course), Straffan, Co. Kildare on Monday, May 15th.

Since the official opening we have welcomed over 16,000 pilgrims/visitors to the Centre and the bookings are steadily growing for this year. The response from all who come, local, national and international is hugely positive. We are delighted that the Centre is benefiting the local area financially, culturally, educationally, and is also enhancing the commercial infrastructure of town and county.

The building has been completed but we are still in need of financial support for the ongoing development and maintenance of the Centre and its grounds.

We would welcome your support by entering a team. Simply email or phone  045 522890.  If you are a non golfer perhaps you would get your friends to enter a team, or you may wish to sponsor a tee box.

For details on the Golf Classic click on the Poster link below