27th Annual Feile Bride

The Celebrations Begin

There was a packed prgramme for the 27th Feile Bhride. The Celebrations began on January 31st, the Eve of St. Brigid’s Day.  Snow was forecast so the Committee made the decision to hold the Brigid’s Eve ritual indoors at Solas Bhride instead of at the well even though many who came were prepared to brace the elements.  Deirdre Ni Cheinnide and the Solas Bhride Team led the participants in a beautiful, reflective ritual.

St Brigid’s Crosses

On St Brigid’s Day many people came to visit. In the morning they had the opportunity to take part in a workshop on how to make a St Brigid’s Cross. Throughout the afternoon demonstrations on cross weaving continued to the sound of music played by Treasa.

Willow Weaving

The weaving theme continued on the 2nd February with a practical demonstration on how to develop a willow feature. Delivered by Beth Murphy from Willow Wonder, participants had a chance to plant some willow in the grounds of Solas Bhride.

Traditions and Customs

Margaret & Brenda revisited some of the traditions and customs associated with St Brigid and their relevance today.

Eucharistic Celebration

On Sunday February 3rd Fr Peter Conaty led a Eucharistic celebration at St Brigid’s well. This was followed by refreshments at Solas Bhride

The Concert

The Feile Bride concert this year featured the talented Patrick Hyland, Tenor and his guests, Anne Cullen, Ruby Boland and Muireann Ní Raghallaigh.

Body, Mind and Spirit

On February 5th we held a morning of gentle movement that refreshed body, mind and spirit.

Floral Art

Christine Hughes showcased her gift for floral art in a demonstration entitled “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring” G.M. Hopkins

Afri

Feile Bride concluded with the annual Afri Conference. This year the theme was Education, Action, Compassion, Hope. Guest speakers included Caoimhe de Barra, Trocaire CEO, Richard Moore, Michael Doorly, Meaghan Carmody and Kay Mulhall. Afri’s tradition of planting a tree in the grounds of Solas Bhride continued with the planting of a plum tree.

Aras an Uachtarain

St Brigid’s Day was also marked at Aras an Uachtarain. A group from Kildare were invited to meet President and Mrs Higgins. Pupil representatives from St Brigid’s National School demonstrated their skill at weaving St Brigid’s crosses for the President and his wife. A St Brigid’s Cross woven by local man Joe O Neill was presented to President Higgins by Sr. Rita Minehan. Our pictures show Rita Minehan and Joe O Neill selecting a cross to present, the chosen cross, David Mongey, Chairman of Kildare Failte, his wife Attracta and Rita Minehan arrive back to Solas Bhride.

Other Events

Other Events:

Kildare town is proud of our connection to St Brigid and each year celebrates Feile Bride in new and imaginative ways. This year the Annual Celtic Lecture sponsored by Kildare Education Centre was delivered by Dr Shane Lordan on the theme of ‘Receptions and Transformations of St Brigid in Europe’.
Kildare Town Library celebrated Feile Bride by holding a number of events including an evening celebrating our local poets, writers, musicians and dancers. Throughout the month of February they hosted an art exhibition featuring drawings by Josephine Hardiman from her “Book of Kildare”
The Heritage Centre developed St Brigid’s Treasure Trail; a fun way for children to explore the sites associated with St Brigid.
They hosted Josephine Hardiman as she developed further original drawings and pages for her “Book of Kildare”
Visitors to Kildare during Feile Bride were also able to take a tour around the sites associated with St Brigid.
On St Brigid’s Day visitors were drawn to St Brigid’s Cathedral by the sound of music, as classical and traditional tunes played on a harp wafted around the town of Kildare.
These are a small flavour of the many events organised for Feile Bride 2019.

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)

 

Replanting The Oaks

Two oak saplings planted at the entrance to Solas Bhride were transplanted recently.  The oak saplings were nurtured from acorns taken from the oak tree planted in Tullow in Co. Carolw by Bishop Daniel Delany in 1807 when establishing the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Brigid. (Brigidine).  These oaks were planted by Rita Minehan csb and Brenda Kindregran of Cairde Bhride. The courtyard area was not a suitable location for the little oaks to flourish. Hopefully, they will be able to stretch their limbs in their new location on the grounds.

In their places two beautiful Magnolia trees were planted. The trees were a gift from Cairde Bhride, to commemorate 25 years of the presence of the Brigidine Sisters in Kildare and the re-lighting of the Brigid Flame. The magnolias are blossoming in their new home.

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER, DECEMBER 2016

The official opening of the new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare town took place on Friday, January 30th. A day and a celebration that will be forever etched in our memory.

Further Awards for Solas Bhride

Green Building Award 2015

Solearth Ecological Architecture submitted Solas Bhride Centre as
their project in the prestigious Green Awards 2015, Green Business & Sustainability. Solas Bhride received the national award for its energy efficient design approaches and its high priority on the creation of a healthful and restful environment for its users and visitors. We were delighted that Solas Bhride received this huge acclamation.

Pride of Place Award

Solas Bhride was honoured to have been chosen by Kildare County Council as County Kildare’s project in the National Pride of Place Competitions. The Award Ceremony took place in Ennis, Co. Clare on November 14th. A Special Award was presented to Solas Bhride by the Mayor of Kildare, Mr. Brendan Weld and CEO Kildare County Council, Mr. Peter Carey, on Wednesday, October 28th .

Marking Earth Day

Oak saplings from the Tullow oak, which had originally come from Kildare, and other gifts of oak presented to Solas Bhride were planted in the ground of Solas Bhride on April 22nd. The seven oaks that were symbolically planted at the site in the Brigidine Bicentenary year, 2007, representing Brigidine Sisters, all who would carry the Brigidine tradition into the future, all involved in the creation of the Centre, the youth of the world, pilgrims, artists, and all who would work at the centre into the future were permanently planted. The Kildare Oak has come full circle.

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July Events

Quiet Reflection and Meditation
Quiet SpaceEntering into darkness, stillness,
beyond time, beyond space.
Waiting and listening,
Until filled with that Mysterious Presence
that reaches the depths within.
Monday Meditation will resume in September

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July Events
July 1st – July 7th   –  Kildare Education Centre Summer Course – “In the school Garden”
July 1st                     –  Solas Bhride welcomes “Pride of Place” judges
Sunday, July 5th    –  Brigid’s Way Pilgrims arrive in Kildare (See www.brigidsway.ie)
Saturday, July 11th – Partners in Faith Summer School (Further information: www.partnersinfaith.ie)

Monday, July 13th  – Pilgrim Groups, USA
Wednesday, July 22nd – Nurney/Kildangan Care of the Elderly Group
Thursday, July 30th – Solas Women’s Development Group, Dublin

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August Events
Friday, August 14th             –     Graiguecullen Parish Youth Group
Monday 17th – Friday 21st –     Kildare Education Centre Summer course:  “Mindfulness”

Monday, 24th                       –   “Tall oaks from little acorns grow” – Celebrating Heritage Week
Time:  2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Experience the Solas Bhride story in word, song and landscape.
Saturday, 29th                     –    Dalkey Parish Group
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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 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!

For Web

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 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 23rd 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!

Joyce Rupp, well known writer and author of numerous bestselling books including “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.

 

Their parting words “Trust an unknown future to an known God.”

Development Update January 2014

Stone cladding on exterior

The cladding on the exterior of the building is completed. The windows have been installed in most rooms.
Rita and site Foreman, Stephen Smyth, walk towards the Reception area.

Roof of Flame Room

Work on the ceiling of the roof in the “Flame Room” continues. The shape of a Brigid’s cross is clearly visible which will be a special feature of this room.

Most of the exterior work on the building has been completed.  Work on the interior is progressing very well.  It is hoped to have the construction work completed by May 2014.
We are grateful to many people who give so generously of their time and expertise to the New Centre and to all those who who have generously donated to the Project.

 

Fundraising
We still need to raise a further €820,000 to complete the Project.  Any donation is deeply appreciated.  Donations can be made through the Donation Page at this website or directly to Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, 14 Dara Park, Kildare Town, Co.Kildare, Ireland.

Conference Room

Rita and Mary stand in the centre of the Brigid Room and are briefed by Stephen. The roof is almost complete and windows will be installed in early January.

Ice Sticks

The heating system will involve Geothermal and Ice Stick heating systems. The photograph shows the ice sticks being installed

Sun sets on building

As dusk descends on a Winter’s evening the building settles into the landscape.

 

Guinness World Record for Kildare

Attention all  Record Makers!

Solas Bhride are delighted to confirm that we have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for “Most people weaving a Brigid’s cross’. Solas Bhride would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement. “You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING.”

Solas Bhride has been told to expect an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate confirming our world record which is being created and will be sent to Solas Bhride very soon.

Certificates

For everyone who took part in the successful record attempt, Guinness World Records are offering  a Certificate of Participation. They stated in their letter of Confirmation to Solas Bhride that all of the participants in setting the record for most people weaving a Brigid’s cross, can purchase their own official Guinness World Records Certificates of Participation via the Guinness World Records Store. URL: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/store

Before you access the Guinness World Records store you will need to make contact with Solas Bhride to obtain the Participant verification codes as soon as possible.

Solas Bhride contact details:  email: info@solasbhride.ie     Tel: 045 522890