July/August Bookings

July
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
August
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.

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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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

 

 

Upcoming Events

Quiet Reflection and Meditation
Entering into darkness, stillness,Quiet Space
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

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Lenten Programme

Gift yourself with some quiet time.
Join us for an hour of quiet and relaxation on the following dates:

Date and Time:     Thursday, March 12th from 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Spring Equinox – Moving into Light.800px-Primrose_(Primula_vulgaris)
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring”.
Date:         Friday, March 20th
Time:        7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue:     Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town
Recommended donation of €10.00 includes tea/coffee

Sacred Dance
“Sacred dance is an experience of prayer through the language of the body.”
Come along to a morning of sacred dances – and circle dances – from many traditions. No previous experience is necessary and a warm welcome awaits all. Dance is a wonderful way of bringing people together.
Date:         Thursday, March 26th
Time:       10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Venue:     Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town
Recommended donation of €15.00 includes tea/coffee
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National Pilgrim Paths Day, April 4th, 2014
Come and celebrate National Pilgrim Paths Day this Easter in Kildare by walking part of Brigid’s Way Pilgrim Path.
the Curragh 2

Date:      Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Start:
            9.30 am for bus from Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare
town.
Distance:    8 miles/13km approximately
Cost:             €5.00
Please book in advance by email for your place on the bus at info@brigidsway.ie

The pilgrimage is an easy 2/3 hour walk in honour of St. Brigid around her holy sites and places of outstanding natural beauty in Kildare, including:
Pollerdstown Fen, The Curragh, St. Brigid’s Cathedral and Fire Temple, St. Brigid’s well and Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages.

 

Féile Bríde Programme

Feile Bride – Light: A New Awakening – January 30th – February 8th, 2015
Friday, January 30th
Official Opening of Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages
Venue:  Tully Road, Kildare Town   Time: 2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Saturday, January 31st
Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well
A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m.
If you wish bring a light/lantern and bring suitable clothing and footwear.
Sunday, February 1st – St. Brigid’s Day
Unfolding the Legacy of St. Brigid
Venue:   Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time: 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.   Admission:   €5.00
A Musical Evening with Highly Strung and Philip Scott
Philip Scott is unable to perform due to a chest infection.  Thankfully Owen M C Lynch and David Maguire have kindly agreed to perform with Highly Strung in his absence
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road   Time:   8.00 p.m.
Booking essential:  Tickets €20 available through the Heritage Centre, 045 522890 or info@kildareheritage.com
or Solas Bhride, 045 522890 or info@solasbhride.ie
(Limited number of tickets available)
Tuesday, February 3rd
Quiet Reflection and Meditation
Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time:  10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.    Admission:   €5.00
Brigid, Bees and Brewing
Venue:  Boyle’s, Market Square, Kildare Town
Time:   7.30 p.m.
– 9.00 p.m.  Admission:   €10.00
Celebrate the legacy of St. Brigid who was renowned for her brewing and bee keeping skills. Presenters: The Boyle Sisters.
Booking Essential:  Phone Judith 086 8418909
Wednesday, February 4th
Spring Awakening: An interpretative Floral Art Demonstration
Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Presenter:  Enda Phelan Thompson A.O.I.F.A.
Time:    2.30. – 3.30 pm.  Admission:   €10.00
Brigid’s Way:  National Pilgrim Path
Venue:    Solas Bhride Centre   Time:  4.00 – 4.45
‘‘Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage: National Pilgrim Path.’ – Brigid’s Way has recently become the 13th National Pilgrim Path in Ireland. Come to hear all about this 9 day pilgrimage from Brigid’s Well in Faughart, County Louth to her Wells & Solas Bhride in Kildare with a short video & announcement of our National Pilgrims Path Day Walk on 4th April in Kildare.’
Presenters:  Karen Ward, Louise O’Donnell  

Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture
The Unfolding Universe – Glimpses into Mystery
Presenter:  Nellie McLoghlin rsm
Venue:  Solas Bhride   Time:  8.00 – 9.00
Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre
Thursday, February 5th
Creative Movement
An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.
Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time:  11.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon    Admission:  €5.00

“Where words end, music speaks”: Celebrating the Festival of Brigid at Kildare Town Library
Readings by John McKenna accompanied by music and song
Musicians: Treasa Harkin and Ciaran Wynne

Venue:  Kildare Town Library   Time:  7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m
Saturday, February 7th

Occupy the Imagination : Afri Justice and Peace Conference:
Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
Sunday February 8th
Mass at St. Brigid’s Well               Time:   10.30 a.m.

Awaken to the Mystery of Being Present here.
(using legend, poetry and song)
Presenter: Solas Bhride Team
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time: 12.00 noon      Admission: €5.00

 

Feile Bride 2015

brigidsculptureFeile Bride – January 31st – February 8th 2015:  
Some of the exciting Events planned for Feile Bride 2015 include:

Saturday, January 31stwill

  •  Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well on January 31st
    A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
    Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
    Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m.
    If you wish bring a light/lantern and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Sunday, February 1st – St. Brigid’s Day

  • Unfolding the legacy of St. Brigid
    Venue:            Solas Bhride Centre
  • An Evening of Music
    Venue: Solas Bhride
    Music by Highly Strung and Philip Scott
  • Craft Exhibition
    Venue:  
    Kildare Town Heritage Centre

Wednesday, February 4th

  • Annual Celtic Lecture
    Venue: Solas Bhride Centre
    Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre

Thursday, February 5th

  • A literary celebration in Kildare Town Library
    Venue:           
    Kildare Town Library

Other Events during the Week will include:

  • Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
    An opportunity to learn the skill of weaving a St. Brigid’s cross.
  • Quiet Reflection & Meditation
    Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre
  • Creative Movement Workshop
    An hour of quiet and relaxation.
  • Some other Surprise Events in planning stage

Saturday February 7th

  • 2014 Afri Justice and Peace Conference
    Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
    Venue: Solas Bhride Centre

Sunday February 8th

  • Mass at St. Brigid’s Well
    Time:              10.30 a.m.
    Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in Solas Bhride Centre.
  • Workshop
    Venue:  Solas Bhride

 The full programme of Events will be available shortly. 

 

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

Brigid’s Way pilgrims invite you to join them for all or some of the last day of Brigid’s Way Pilgrimgebrigidsculpture 2014. Sunday, July 6th will be the final day of their 9 days of walking the ancient pilgrim path between Faughart and Kildare linking the two centres most associated with devotion to St. Brigid.

So why don’t you come along and walk a mile or two with Brigid?

 

Assemble:                       10.30am at the Pollardstown Fen car park,
(out the Milltown road turn near Fr Moore’s well marked Pollardstown Horse Feed).

The walk will be 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

Arrive in Kildare:              1.30 – 2.00 p.m.

After refreshments pilgrims will walk to the Fire Temple in St. Brigid’s Cathedral, and then walk to both Healing and Garden Wells for the final Brigid’s Way Ceremonies.

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

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

 

Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage – June 27th to July 6th

A 9 day Pilgrimage walk will take place from Brigid’s well, Faughart, County Louth to Kildare Town. The route of this 9 day pilgrimage walk will start at St. Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart on June 27th 2014. It will continue from Dundalk through to Tara and then follow along the Grand Canal to Maynooth and on to Kildare. People are welcome to walk the full pilgrimage or join in on route.

The promoters of the Pilgrimage, Dolores Whelan and Karen Ward invite pilgrims to join them walking in on this ancient pathway and to allow the wisdom of the majestic landscape and the inspiration of Brigid guide them:

– to ponder on life’s journey

Sr. Mary welcomes Pilgrims to Kildare

Sr. Mary welcomes Brigid’s Way Pilgrims to Kildare at the Market Square in 2013

– to shed what no longer serves us

– to dream in a bright and soulful future

So why don’t you join Dolores and Karen and walk a mile or two of Brigids Way?

Full details on the route, accommodation and cost available on www.brigidsway.ie

The 9 Day Pilgrimage from St. Brigid’s shrine in Faughart, Co. Louth to St. Brigid’s Monastic City – Kildare town, will conclude on July, 6th.

Pilgrim Day 9:  July 6th, 2014 – Robertstown to Kildare

MEET:

9:30am from Robertstown Holiday Village. 10am Meeting/Registration at The Hanged Man bar & restaurant, Milltown.

WALK:

Walk from MILLTOWN via RATHBRIDE and the CURRAGH into KILDARE. Welcome ceremony at 12pm. Total Walking 8 km 5 miles.

ACCOMMODATION:

Silken Thomas Guest House, Kildare

 

Fundraising Event for Solas Bhride

Clonohill Gardens Open Day

Country farmhouse gardens, adjacent to Laois Angling Centre and close to the Sliabh Bloom Mountains. The gardens feature woodland lawns, herbaceous boarders, with many unusual plants, and walled garden overlooking lake.

Date:             Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Time:             1.00 p.m. to 6 .00 p.m.Gardens 5

Admission:    €10.00

Further information contact: Enda 087 9962864
Conohill House, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
clonohillgardens@gmail.com

All proceeds in aid of Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages

 

Upcoming Events

Meditation during Lent

“Come apart and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31Come apart
In this Lenten season take time to connect with the Presence that is within and all around us.

Meditation takes place every Monday evening from 8pm – 9pm.

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Thomas Merton.

The Spiritual Legacy of Patrick Kavanagh
Reflecting on the Lecture delivered by Dr. Una Agnew, ssl, at Kildare Education Centre during Feile Bride February 2014.

Thursday, March, 2oth

Time:   2.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m.

Venue: Solas Bhride, 14 Dara Park.800px-Primrose_(Primula_vulgaris)

Primrose
Upon a bank I sat, a child made seer
Of one small primrose flowering in my mind.
Better than wealth it is, said I, to find
One small page of Truth’s manuscript made clear.
I looked at Christ transfigured without fear…

Patrick Kavanagh