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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Celebrating Biodiversity

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.
Come and join us for an hour of quiet and relaxation.

Venue:           Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time:              Monday Evenings – 8.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m
Admission:  Free

Friday 22nd May -Biodiversity day
Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages is delighted to host an event during Kildare Heritage week, organised through Kildare County Council Heritage Office, as part of International Biodiversity day.

Programme for the Day

10am -12.00 noon  Event for Children with Kate Egan – a morning of fun biodiversity games and activities
Places are limited for the event and therefore must be booked in advance. Call Celine on 980239 or email coneill@kildarecoco.ie to book. Please note for this event all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
3pm -4pm   Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist & John Muldowney, Dept of Agriculture Climate Change Division
Catherine will present the amazing biodiversity of the Irish countryside.
John will give an overview of how climate change will affect agriculture and farming.

6.45pm – Biodiversity Bus
Bus will depart from Solas Bhride.
Hop on the biodiversity bus hosted by Kildare Tidy Towns and visit internationally significant natural heritage sites of the Curragh and Pollardstown Fen. Dr Mary O’Connor will introduce the flora and fauna of these interesting sites.
Places are limited for the event and therefore must be booked in advance. Call Celine on 980239 or email coneill@kildarecoco.ie to book.

8.30pmDusk Chorus at Pollardstown Fen with Kildare BirdWatch
A programme of the events of Kildare Heritage week is available in all libraries and for full listing of events go to the Kildare County Council website www.kildare.ie/countycouncil/

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Saturday, May 23 rd – Experience the Dawn Chorus at St. Brigid’s Well
5.00 a.m.   Assemble at Solas Bhride, Tully Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

“Beauty does not linger, it only visits.
Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into
its rhythm,
it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world:
to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful.
Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken.

Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue
   Short walk to St. Brigid’s Well
June 21st , Summer Solstice
Time:   To be confirmed
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre

 

 

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!

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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.”

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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.

 

Meditation

Monday Evenings:          8.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Venue:                              Solas Bhride, Dara Park, Kildare Town

“We do not set out on the path of meditation with limited goals. We set out to realise our total potential.”
(John Main, In the Beginning)
All welcome.

Winter Solstice

Date:            Friday, December 20th

Time:           8.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Venue:         Solas Bhride, Dara Park,Kildare TownWindow light

“Within our darkest night a fire is kindled that never dies away.” Please join us in celebrating something greater than ourselves, as we prepare for the great feast of Christmas, when we celebrate the Incarnation of God first in creation and then in the person of Jesus.

It is here, between the darkness and the light,
That we wait, uncertain
Seeking the moment
That challenges us to believe
In a freshly minted miracle
Born every Christmas day.
John Matthews

Feile Bride 2014
January 31st – February 9th 2014
Full Programme of Events will be posted shortly

 

 

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

World Record Attempt in Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses

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Participants are counted as they enter St. Brigid’s Church for Record attempt. (Left)

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Steward Michael McWey distributes the rushes. (Right)

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The weaving begins!

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Participants proudly hold aloft their completed crosses in St. Brigid’s church and later in the Market Square in Kildare Town around St.Brigid Flame.

The Record attempt took place in Kildare Town on Saturday, September 21st.  The Evidence has been submitted to Guinness World Records and all eagerly await confirmation of the Record.