Summer Solstice

Join us as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Suggested donation:  €10.00

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?

Extract from”The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

Afri Justice and Peace Conference: Light out of Darkness

10.20 am  Registraton
Speakers at this year’s conferene include Sunny and Peter Pringle.  Together they have established The Sunny Centre – a sanctuary for others, (like themselves),  who suffer injustice, especially people who are wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit and have spent time under sentence of death.  They will share their extraordinary stories at Feile Bride this year.

Other speakers include the distinguished academic and activist Peador Kirby, who plays a leading role in the Cloughjordon Eco-Village;  UCC Professor Emeritus and life-long peace activist John Magure; Honny Van Geel of La Via Compesino, which promotes the rights of peasant communities around the world, and who describes herself as ‘rooted in farming’; and Rose Hogan who has a life-long commitment to agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture.

And as the Spring birdsong heralds the end of another winter, we will also have music because, as Hans Christian Anderson said, “where words fail, music speaks.”

Men’s Shed: Promoting Wellbeing

The Men’s Shed has its facilities at Cill Dara Housing Association, Campion Crescent, Kildare Town.

The Shed is growing from strength to strength.

Why not drop in any time during the day from 11.00 a.m. onwards and learn about the many projects undertaken by the Men’s Shed.  They have developed a variety of composting initiatives and will be happy to demonstrate how waste can be reduced by the establishment of leaf litters, a wormery, and variety of composting methods. One of their projects for Feile Bride is to set up a bug hotel in the grounds of Solas Bhride.

Traditions & Customs

Revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid and their relevance today

The Solas Bhride Team, in their presentation, will be revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid and their relevance today. They will speak on some of the customs associated with:
– the gathering of the rushes
– the making of the crosses
– Brigid’s eve rituals
– the Brat Bhride

Brigid: Mary of the Gael

Walk and talk by Mario Corrigan

Enjoy a walk around Kildare’s Monastic trail with Mario Corrigan, Historian with The Local Studies Department of Kildare County Council’s Library & Arts Service. The walking tour will include a visit to St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Round Tower and fire temple.  Discover this fascinating heritage dating back to the 5th Century and beyond.

Advance Booking Essential

Group Tours: 15+ (tours will be adjusted to each groups requirements based on ability, time available etc.)
Bookings/Enquiries: 00 353 45 530 672 /