Feile Bride 2010 Celebrations

Weaving of St. Brigid’s Crosses
Large numbers of people gathered at Aras Bhride to learn about the customs and traditions associated with St. Brigid. The highlight of the event was the opportunity provided for all participants to make a St. Brigid’s cross. The workshop facilitator Margaret Walsh was ably assisted by Brenda Kindregan and Joyce White.
February  1st,  La Fheile Bride – St. Brigid’s Day
“A Walk on the Curragh Plain”

Under the expert guidance of Dr.John Feehan U.C.D author of “The Curragh Of Kildare” over 60 people walked on the plains to explore areas of archaeological and geological interest with its significant sacred and historical sites.
During the expedition however people witnessed at first hand the reckless damage done to this unique landscape by the careless and damaging methods used to control the gorse.  Dr. Feehan said that it was incumbent on all of us to find ways to protect the Curragh for future generations.  He encouraged the formation of a group who would come together to learn t about this unique landscape and to become involved in an environmental campaign to protect The Curragh.

Afri Conference
The Afri Féile Bríde Conference 2010 took place on 6 February in the Derby House Hotel, Kildare
Brigidine Sisters Mary Minehan and Phil O’Shea handed over the Brigid Flame to Charles Inness and Richard Moore under St. Brigid’s Perpetual Flame in the Market Square, Kidlare town.  The flame is a symbol of Hope, Peace and Reconciliation.  Charles and Richard are living witnesses that peace and reconciliation are possible.  Read more about their story and presentation “Transcending Conflict – Freedom in Forgiveness” on the Afri website www.afri.ie.
Sunday, February 7th
Large crowd gathered on Sunday, February 7th to celebrate mass at St. Brigid’s well.