Feile Bride 2014 – Kindling Sparks of Hope

Feile Bride – January 31st – February 9th:   Programme of Events
Friday, January 31
Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
An opportunity to learn the skill of weaving a St. Brigid’s cross.
Venue:            Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:              2.00—4.30 pm

 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

Saturday, February 1st –  Lá Fhéile Bhríde –  St. Brigid’s Day
A Walk in the Footsteps of St. Brigid

Assemble in the Market Square at St. Brigid’s Flame for a
guided walk, revisiting the ancient monastic sites of Kildare Town.

Time:     11.00 a.m.

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
A weaving workshop where participants will have the
opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross

Kildare Town Library
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 pm

Craft Exhibition
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
1.00 – 5.00  pm

Unveiling of Sculpture of St. Brigid
NB: Sculpture delayed in transit so unveiling deferred.

A beautiful new sculpture of St. Brigid will be unveiled at the site of the new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare.
Car Parking:  Japanese Gardens car park.
  3.00 p.m.

 Sunday, February 2nd
Craft Exhibition
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
1.00 – 5.00  pm

Women making their Mark on The Curragh
(1.30pm – 5.00 pm)

A glimpse into the lives of women who work on or near Brigid’s pastures!
Suitable footwear essential.
Assemble:       1.30 p.m. in the Market Square.
Cost:               €10.00 includes ticket for bus.
Booking essential: Tickets available through the Heritage Centre
045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com

Monday, February 3rd
An evening of music with Luka Bloom
Venue:                        Heritage Centre
8.00 pm
Booking essential: Tickets, €25, available through the Heritage Centre
Ph: 045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com
Only 4 tickets remaining. 
Proceeds to Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages Building Fund.

Tuesday, February 3rd
Quiet Reflection & Meditation
An hour of quiet and relaxation.
Venue:            Solas Bhride, Dara Park

Time:              11.00 am

Brigid, Bees & Brewing
Venue:            Boyle’s Pub

Time:              7.30 pm

Admission:      €8.00
Booking essential through Boyle’s or Judy at 086 8418909
Wednesday, February 5th
Creative Movement

An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.
Venue:                        Solas Bhride, Dara Park

Time:                          11.00 am

Annual Celtic Lecture
“The Spiritual Legacy of Patrick Kavanagh”
Lecture by Una Agnew ssl
Venue:            Kildare Education Centre
8.00 p.m.

Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre

Thursday, February 6th
“Brigid’s Spring Awakening” – a literary celebration with music in Kildare Town Library
           Kildare Town Library
Time:              7.30 pm

Hosted by Kildare Library

Saturday February 8th
2014 Afri Justice and Peace Conference

Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
Venue: Osborne Centre, Irish National Stud

Sunday February 9th,
Mass at St. Brigid’s Well
Time:              10.30 a.m.

Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in the Parish Centre.

“To Celebrate Sparks of Hope”
A morning of music, song and story
Music, by “Highly Strung”
Venue:          Aras Bhride, Kildare Town

Time:              12.00-1.30 p.m.
Admission:     €10.00   Concessions: €8.00




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




Each year we celebrate the feast of Samhain.

In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter).samhain

Samhain is a festival that celebrates the mysteries of life, death and rebirth. They are at the heart of the Celtic spiritual tradition and the heart of our Christian faith. At Samhain we enter into that space between the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. It is the season that invites us, like the seeds, to embrace the darkness so that new and more abundant life will spring forth when the winter darkness is over.

Christiabrigidsculpturenity incorporated the honoring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st    a feast celebrating the great host of men and women who brought light into the lives of many. This Feast is followed by All Souls on November 2nd when it is customary to remember family members and friends who have made this journey on earth before us.
The evening will include meditation, ritual and story.

All are welcome, and everyone is invited to stay for tea and a chat afterwards.

Donations to Solas Bhride Building Fund welcome.


Kildare Town prepares to set World Record

The countdown has begun to the World Record challenge to set the record for the most people weaving St. Brigid’s crosses in the one place at the one time. Participants in the challenge need to be able to weave a St. Brigid’s cross. A number of workshops have been held in Kildare Town Library. Participants at the Workshop concentrate as they learn how to weave the crosses or for some revise the skill learned many years previously.

Weaving Crosses at Library 1Weaving crosses Library 2Weaving at Library 3
The sense of achievement is evident as all proudly display their St. Brigid’s crosses. Now all are ready for Saturday, September 21st when they will join with many others in setting the record.

If you would like to participate in the Record Challenge you might like to attend one of the Weaving Workshops taking place in Kildare Town during the week.

Monday, September 16th:    3.00 pm in Aras Bhride (Parish Centre beside St. Brigid’s Church)

Tuesday, September 17th:    2.00 pm  in Aras Bhride

Friday, September 20th:       3.00 pm in Aras Bhride

Thursday, September 19th:  2.00 pm in Owens Cottage at the Irish National Stud
(This workshop is followed by a guided tour of the Irish National Stud)

Saturday, September 21st:    Kildare Town Library: Between 9.30 am – 12.30 pm participants in the Record Challenge have the opportunity to brush up their weaving skills before the Big Event.

Weavers are urgently needed. Register beforehand online through www.solasbhride.ie or at Solas Bhride,Kildare town or through Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare. (There is a registration fee of €5 and €3 for students)

Participants are requested to check in from 2.00 pm on Saturday, September 21st at Aras Bhride.




Monday,      September 16th at 3.00 pm

Tuesday,      September 17th at 2.00 pm

Friday,         September 20th at 3.00 pm

Venue:         Aras Bhride

Thursday,   September 19th at 2.00 pm

Venue:         Owens Cottage, Irish National Stud

Following the workshop, participants will experience a Guided Tour of the Irish National Stud

Last Minute Refresher in weaving St. Brigid crosses before Big Event

Date:       Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Venue:    Kildare Town Library

Time:      Pop in anytime between 9.30am and 12.30pm

All participants in the Record Challenge need to be able to weave a cross or to have attended one of the workshops in order to participate on the day.

Advance registration for workshops is required and can be made through the registration page on this website or through Kildare Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare town.




samhainWe invite you to join with us as we celebrate the feast of Samhain.

Samhain is a festival that celebrates the mysteries of life, death and rebirth. They are at the heart of the Celtic spiritual tradition. We enter into that space between the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. It is the season that invites us, like the seeds, to embrace the darkness so that new and more abundant life will spring forth when the winter darkness is over.

Samhain is a time for deep reflection, introspection, thanksgiving, stillness, and harvest.  It is a time to give thanks for the blessings received as the year draws to a close and the earth prepares for its winter sleep. During this festival the veil between this world and the other world is thin so it is customary to remember family members and friends who have made this journey on earth before us.


The Gathering


St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering

A Gathering Festival in Honour of St. Brigid

15 to 21 September 2013

brigidsculptureCome to Kildare Town, Ireland this September and take part in setting a Guinness Book of Records world record in weaving St. Brigid’s crosses

You are invited to come to Kildare Town this September for the St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival. There will be a special welcome “Céad Míle Fáilte” to those named Brigid and those who have variations of the name. We also welcome people from around the world who have an affinity with St. Brigid through parishes, associations, churches and place names, to visitors from Ireland and overseas with an interest in Brigid and her legacy.


The festival is being organised by Solas Bhríde in collaboration with a number of other Kildare based groups and is part of the overall Government supported Gathering Festival 2013.


In addition to a Guinness Book of Records challenge at which we hope to involve all visitors in setting the record for the most people to weave St. Brigid’s crosses, there will be a packed programme of music and dance events in addition to walks, pilgrimages, craft demonstrations and craft workshops, each linking to Brigid and her legacy.

We are just 1.5 hours drive from Dublin airport and 2 hours from Shannon airport and a range of accommodation options are listed on each of www.intokildare.ie and www.discoverireland.ie. More information on what to do in Kildare Town is available from www.destinationkildaretown.ie and also http://www.kildare.ie/kildareheritage/.

You are assured of a very warm welcome in Kildare Town this September and a truly memorable experience celebrating the life of St. Brigid. Please get in touch if you have any questions and we very much hope to see you in September.

Events will include:

  • solasgatheringOfficial Opening & Celebration of St. Brigid *
  • Guinness Book of Records Challenge *
  • Re-enactment of the Legend of the Cloak of St. Brigid
  • Concert in St. Brigid’s Cathedral (€)
  • Celtic Music Recital (€)
  • Harvest Gathering at St. Brigid’s Well
  • Literary Event
  • Guided Tour of the Monastic City of Kildare
  • Walking in the Footsteps of Brigid of Kildare/ Pilgrimage
  • Guided Tour of the Curragh Plains / St. Brigid Pastures
  • Weaving of Brigid’s Cross – Craft Workshop
  • Craft Workshop: Weaving of Brigid’s Cross
  • Craft Participation: Weaving of Wall Hanging
  • Craft Exhibitions
  • Trad Music / Entertainment in local pubs *

Click here for the provisional programme of events

Tickets for all events other than those marked * to be booked directly with Bicentenary Ireland 021event hosts

Unless marked (€) events are free of charge

Events marked * are open access, no tickets or charges apply

All events subject to change, additional events to be added

Event listings last updated: 1 May 2013, please check latest information in July for event bookings

Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage, July 7th – July 15th

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 the annual Pattern Day at St. Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart on 7th July, 2013. 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

– 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

Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage – Arrival in Kildare, July 15th

The 9 Day Pilgrimage from St. Brigid’s shrine in Faughart, Co. Louth to St. Brigid’s Monastic City – Kildare town, will conclude on Monday July 15th.

On the final day, Monday, July 15th the pilgrimage will depart from Milltown, Co. Kildare at 10.00 a.m. to arrive in Kildare town at 12.00 noon.


Itinerary for the final day of the Pilgrimage

10.00 Depart from Milltown for Kildare Town

12.00 Noon Pilgrims will be welcomed at the Market Square on their arrival in Kildare.

12.30 – 1.00 p.m. Visit to St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Round Tower and Fire Temple

1.15 Walk to St. Brigid’sWell, stopping on route to visit the site of SolasBhride

Centre and Hermitages.

1.45 Gather at St. Brigid’s Healing Well – near the Japanese Gardens

A short break for lunch

2.30 Pilgrimage will conclude at St. Brigid’s Well


So why don’t you join the pilgrims on the final day of their pilgrimage and walk a mile or two of Brigids Way?


June 2013


8.00 – 9.00 p.m. each Monday evening.

“Come away and rest a while”.

Enjoy stillness and peace while learning some practical ways to meditate.

Pilgrimage Groups

June 7th Cork pilgrim group

June 12th Mara Freeman Group

June 21st Rev. Kurt Neilson, Portland, USA

Pilgrimages can be arranged on request. Groups and individuals welcome.

The Gathering

September 15th – September 21st.


October 30th – 8.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

Winter Solstice

December 21st: 8.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.


Feile Bride 2014

January 31st – February 9th 2014


May 2013


May 14th Confirmation Retreat

May 15th Confirmation Retreat

May 16th Celtic Journeys, USA Group

May 31st Colorado College, USA