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.  http://www.renate-europe.net/

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

 

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Tuesday, September 1st, the Church will mark the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Following in the footsteps of the Orthodox Church, Pope Francis has decided to set up also in the Catholic Church, the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, will be celebrated on the 1st of September. As Christians we are challenged to offer our contribution towards overcoming the ecological crisis which humanity is living through.

St. Francis’s Canticle of the Sun

O most High, almighty, good Lord God,
to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing!index

Praised be my Lord God with all creatures;
and especially our brother the sun,
which brings us the day, and the light;
fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor:
O Lord, he signifies you to us!

Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon,
and for the stars,
which God has set clear and lovely in heaven.

Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind,
and for air and cloud, calms and all weather,
by which you uphold in life all creatures.

Praised be my Lord for our sister water,5777a
which is very serviceable to us,
and humble, and precious, and clean.

Praised be my Lord for brother fire,
through which you give us light in the darkness:
and he is bright, and pleasant, and very mighty,
and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our mother the Earth,
which sustains us and keeps us,
and yields divers fruits, and flowers offlowers
many colors, and grass.

Praise you, and bless you the Lord,
and give thanks to God, and serve God
with great humility.

(St. Francis, 1182-1226)

 

Solas Bhride nominated for Pride of Place Award

Kildare County Council has nominated Solas Bhride for a special Pride of Place award.

The new Solas Bhride Centre

The new Solas Bhride Centre

The IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland. Kildare County Council Community liaison officers Doreen Daly and Mary Behan have been working with the Solas Bhride Community in advance of the judges visit, which will take place on Wednesday, July 1st. Solas Bhride is looking forward to the visit of the judges.  “We will be giving a presentation followed by a visit to St. Brigid’s well.  We will have a variety of activities in the centre to showcase what we do here and what Solas Bhride is all about,” said Sr. Rita Minehan.  The vision of the Centre is to unfold the legacy of St. Brigid of Kildare and its increasing relevance for our world.  To date the Centre has attracted in excess of 3,000 people.

Solas Bhride wins Green Building Award 2015

Congratulations to Solearth Ecological Architecture who submitted Solas Bhride Centre as their project in the Green Awards 2015, Green Business & Sustainability. The awards organised by Event Strategies Limited were presented at a special function in the Burlington hotel on Wednesday, April 8th 2015. In total 25 prestigious trophies were presented on the night to the very best leaders and organisations within Ireland’s green industry.
The External view of CentreGreen Awards are held annually to celebrate excellence in sustainability and environmental awareness within the industry.
The project includes energy efficient design approaches and places a high priority on the creation of a healthful and restful environment for its users and visitors.
Solas Bhride was designated winner in its category and received “The Green Construction Award”.

Women’s Mini Marathon

Georgia Snow running in Women’s Mini Marathon for Solas Bhride Centre
We are delighted Georgia has chosen Solas Bhride as her designated charity from the sponsorship she will receive when she participates in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday, June 1st. Georgia has shared with us her reasons for choosing Solas Bhride on her sponsorship page on the MyCharity.ie website.
“Thanks for visiting my personal fundraising page. This is the first race I’ve EVER entered! The charity that I have chosen to support, Solas Bhride, is very near and dear to my heart and I would very much appreciate your support in helping me to raise funds for them. I got involved with Solas Bhride on my second visit to Ireland and have wanted to help them raise money for their St Brigid centre and hermitage for a long time
You can donate using the “sponsor me now” button below via credit or debit card. You can be assured that your transaction on the mycharity.ie website is very secure. You will automatically receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your support, and acknowledging the amount of your donation. Any donation no matter how small is hugely appreciated.”

If you would like to sponsor Georgia and help her reach her target you can check out her fundraising page (http://www.mycharity.ie/event/georgia_snows_event/)

We done Georgia and a big thank you from Solas Bhride.

Celebrating Earth Day, April 22nd
Solas Bhride marked international Earth Day on April 22nd by planting oak saplings in the grounds of the new Centre. On Earth Day individuals or groups around the world perform acts of service to the earth on this day.
The Story of the OWalking to the plantingaks
It is recorded in the Brigidine Sisters annals that Bishop Daniel Delany when establishing the Congregration in Tullow, Co. Carlow on St. Brigid’s Day in 1807 travelled to Kildare, got an oak sapling and planted it in the convent grounds stating that he was not founding a new congregation, but was restoring the ancient order of St. Brigid to the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin.
Little saplings have been nurtured from acorns taken from that oak tree and on an International pilgrimage as part of the Bicentenary Celebration on the 7/07/2007 seven oak saplings were symbolically planted on the site of the new Centre, having been carried in pilgrimage from Tullow, Co. Carlow. These saplings have been carefully nurtured in the intervening years waiting patiently to be permanently planted at the Centre.
TherTheresa Kilmurrayesa Kilmurray planted the first sapling symbolising 2008 years of Brigidine life
Pilgrim tree
Michael Leydon, John Moloughney and Betty McDonald plant the second sapling. The oak is being planted representing all the pilgrims who have come to Solas Bhride and all those pilgrims who will come into the future.

 Young personA young student from St. Brigid’s Primary School, Kildare town, planted the third sapling representing all young people of the world.Annette McCormack

Annette McCormack plants the fourth sapling which she symbolically placed in the ground in 2007  representing artists, musicians and poets.
Annette has sculptured St. Brigid at the well and also a bust of Bishop Daniel Delany.

Mary and Phil  Mary and Philplanted the fifth oak for all those who worked on creating this new centre and all who work in the centre, now and into the future.

A further 16 saplings werePlanting rest of oaks
planting by members of the local community

Images from Feile Bride 2015

Brenda Kindregan and Margaret Walsh, Solas Bhride Team, presented "Awaken the Mystery of Being Present Here" and "Unfolding the Legacy of St. Brigid" during the Feile

Brenda Kindregan and Margaret Walsh, Solas Bhride Team, presented “Awaken the Mystery of Being Present Here” and “Unfolding the Legacy of St. Brigid” during the Feile

Mayor of County Kildare, Fiona O'Loughlin at the Offical Opening with from left, Phil O'Shea, Ann Riordan, Rita Minehan, Peter Carey, CEO County Kildare and Mary Minehan

Mayor of County Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin at the Offical Opening with from left, Phil O’Shea, Ann Riordan, Rita Minehan, Peter Carey, CEO County Kildare and Mary Minehan

Owen Lynch and Dave Maguire perform during the Feile Bride musical evening at Solas Bhride. Highly Strung also performed on the night.

Owen Lynch and Dave Maguire perform during the Feile Bride musical evening at Solas Bhride. Highly Strung also performed on the night.

Terry Hennessy, Solas Bhride Team, leading the Creative Movement workshop.

Terry Hennessy, Solas Bhride Team, leading the Creative Movement workshop.

Eimear Quinn who officially opened the Centre and Luka Bloom

Eimear Quinn who officially opened the Centre and Luka Bloom

Theresa McAuliffe, Solas Bhride Team welcomes visitors to Solas Bhride

Theresa McAuliffe, Solas Bhride Team welcomes visitors to Solas Bhride

Fr. Sean Deegan, St. Patrick's Missionary Society leads the celebration of mass at St. Brigid's well

Fr. Sean Deegan, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society leads the celebration of mass at St. Brigid’s well

Nellie McLoughlin rsm, delivers the Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture, "The Unfolding Universe:  Glimpses into Mystery"

Nellie McLoughlin rsm, delivers the Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture, “The Unfolding Universe: Glimpses into Mystery”

Students from St. Brigid's Primary School, Kildare town, proudly display their St. Brigid's crosses.  The class visited Solas Bhride on their way to St. Brigid's well

Students from St. Brigid’s Primary School, Kildare town, proudly display their St. Brigid’s crosses. The class visited Solas Bhride on their way to St. Brigid’s well

Karen Ward, speaks about "Brigid's Way" - a walking pilgrimage from Brigid's holy well in Faughart, County Louth to Brigid's monastic city in Kildare Town.  For enquiries or to book:  www.brigidsway.ie

Karen Ward, speaks about “Brigid’s Way” – a walking pilgrimage from Brigid’s holy well in Faughart, County Louth to Brigid’s monastic city in Kildare Town. For enquiries or to book: www.brigidsway.ie

Dominic McEvoy, Director, Kildare Education Centre with Nellie McLoughlin

Dominic McEvoy, Director, Kildare Education Centre with Nellie McLoughlin

Enda Phelan Thompson, delighted participants with her Interpretative Floral Art Demonstration on the theme of Spring Awakening.

Enda Phelan Thompson, delighted participants with her Interpretative Floral Art Demonstration on the theme of Spring Awakening.

A visitor to Solas Bhride learns how to make a St. Brigid's cross

A visitor to Solas Bhride learns how to make a St. Brigid’s cross

Transition year Student from Newbridge College, Aine Fleming spent part of her work experience at Solas Bhride.

Transition year Student from Newbridge College, Aine Fleming spent part of her work experience at Solas Bhride.

Joe Murray, Afri, introduces speakers, Bruce Kent and Colin Archer Bruce Kent & Colin Archer – Imagine… a World without War

Joe Murray, Afri, introduces speakers, Bruce Kent and Colin Archer Bruce Kent & Colin Archer – Imagine… a World without War

A tree is planted at Solas Bhride during the Afri Conference

A tree is planted at Solas Bhride during the Afri Conference

Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages officially opened

Large crowds gathered to celebrate the Official Opening of Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare town on Friday, January 30th at 2.30 p.m.
Ann Riordan, chairperson of Science Foundation Ireland was MC for the occasion. Eimear Quinn cut the tape and Bishop Denis Nulty, Kildare & Leighlin, and Rev. John Marsden, Dean of St. Brigid’s Cathedral, bleEimear Quinnssed the Centre. The tape cutting ceremony was followed by a musical celebration which included music, song and dance as guests were entertained by Eimear, Luka Bloom and local musicians and dancers.
Mayor Fiona O’ Loughlin addressed the assembled guests and referred to the rich legacy of St. Brigid and the heritage of Kildare town anMayord went on to say how the Solas Bhride Centre “will undoubtedly help us to remember that heritage, reflecting our place in society and in the world, while considering our future path; both personally and as a community… This new facility will develop not only into a national location for spirituality and reflection, but also internationally giving our local and wider community and visitors to the area a unique experience, particularly in the areas of education, ecology, spirituality and healing”.
Tributes were paid to the Design team which included Members of Solas Bhride, the Design Team and Manley ConstructionBrian O’Brien of Solearth Ecological Architecture who designed the unique ecologically sustainable Spirituality Centre, in the shape of a St. Brigid’s cross, with the centre of the cross featuring an internal garden and circular and semi-circular rooms, Manley Construction Ltd. who built the Centre and have already received two national awards for the building. A special acknowledgement to the Quantity Surveyor, George Fitzpatrick, Gilltown, Kilcullen, for delivering the project within budget.
Rita Minehan csb, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, expressed her gratitude to the Design Team, to the Brigidine Sisters for their huge financial contribution which ultimately made the Centre possible, Kildare Leader Partnership for their generous grant, Kildare County Council, Public Representatives and Kildare Failte for their support with planning and many other issues, and to all who made donations to the Centre, supported the fund raising campaign and organised fund raising events.
“It is truly a magnificent Centre” said Sr. Rita “and it is our hope that all who come to the new Solas Bhride will be facilitated in their search for a meaningful spirituality through the unfolding of the legacy of St. Brigid of Kildare and its relevance for the 21st century.

Further information on Centre available on:http://www.icatholic.ie/solas-bhride-unfolding-legacy-st-brigid/
or on : http://www.brigidine.org.au/our-focus/index.cfm?loadref=27

Members of the Board Eimear and Luka

Solas Bhride Center and Hermitages ready to open its doors!

Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages is finally complete! The name of our Centre “Solas Bhride” means the “light/flame of Brigid”.  It is ironic then that the delay to the Centre being open to the public was due to lights – traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing outside the building. The pedestrian lights were finally connected on November 29nd which removed the last hurdle to be overcome in allowing the Centre to open. There have been many twists and turns on the road since the “Turning of the Sod ceremony” in February 2013.  It has indeed being a faith journey and many a time we wondered if we knew before we started what we know now would we have set out on the journey at all. But we always received the “light” for the next step through the many unexpected surprises and kindnesses along the way. Now we are excited at the prospect of welcoming many pilgrims/visitors and we hope all who come will find solace here. We are ready for the next step on the journey.

Joyce Rupp becomes one of the Centre’s first visitors!

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Maevh Ni Uallachain, ssl, Thomasina Murphy, csb, Mary Minehan, csb, Joyce and Margaret, Servite Sisters, Rita Minehan and Mary Hiney csb.

Joyce Rupp, well known writer and author of numerous bestselling books including “Praying our Goodbyes”, “Open the Door” and “Fragments of your Ancient Name” was one of the first visitors to the Centre.  Joyce visited the Centre on a recent trip to Ireland. Joyce, Margaret and Maeve’s parting words  were: “Trust an unknown future to an known God.”

At Sculpture

Viewing the Sculpture of St. Brigid in the grounds of Solas Bhride

Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitage wins Sustainability Awards

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The Irish Construction Industry Awards recognises, encourages and celebrates original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants and projects that demonstrate excellence in the built environment. Manley Construction Ltd received the Sustainable Initiative of the Year award for Solas Bhride.

Sustainability Achievement Fit Out Project of the Year 2014

The Fit Out AFit-Out-Sustainability-Achievement-Award(1)wards recognise and celebrate the cream of Ireland’s Fit Out Industry. Manley Construction received the Sustainability Achievement Fit out Project of the Year award for Solas Bhride in November 2014.

Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage

Walk a mile of Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage on Sunday 6th July. 

We invite you to join us as the Brigid’s Way pilgrims walk from Pollardstown Fen to Kildare town centre to be welcomed warmly by the Brigidine Sisters on Sunday 6th July. We will be arriving in Kildare after 9 days of walking the ancient pilgrim path between Faughart and Kildare linking the two centres in Ireland most associated with devotion to St. Brigid.

This stage of the pilgrimage will begin at 10.30am at the Pollardstown Fen car park, (out the Milltown road turn near Fr Moore’s well marked Pollardstown Horse Feed).

We will walk along the Fen boardwalk and down country lanes onto the Curragh, to Rath Bhride crossroads and into the Heritage Centre in the square in Kildare

This walking pilgrimage, an Irish version of the famous Camino de Santiago, which begins at Brigid’s Well and Shrine in Faughart near Dundalk Co. Louth on Saturday 28th June will   wind its way through magical landscapes, where pilgrims will experience some of Ireland’s inspiring landscape and sites of spiritual significance, including Knockbridge, Hill of Slane and Tara, en-route to Brigid’s monastic city in Kildare,

All local walkers are invited to join us for all or some of the last day of Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage 2014 .So why don’t you come along and walk a mile or two with Brigid?

We suggest that people Carpool or share a taxi to the meeting place.

We ask for a donation to support the Brigidine Sisters new Centre Solas Bhride due to open autumn 2014.

We will arrive at the Kildare Heritage Centre at approximately 1.30pm   and be welcomed by the Brigidine Sisters and Heritage Centre staff.  After refreshments we will walk to the Fire Temple in the Cathedral, and then walk to both Healing and Garden Wells for the final Brigid’s Way Ceremonies.

For further information on this event   contact   Karen 087 2399751

Dolores 086 8434117 or Solas Bhride 045 522 890

Full details of the pilgrimage can be found on the Brigid’s Way website www.brigidsway.ie.   Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.