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.”

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

St. Brigid’s Day Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

One of the oldest customs and traditions associated with St. Brigid is the weaving of the crosses.  Each year people weave a St. Brigid’s cross leading up to the feastday on February 1st. The crosses are then placed over the door seeking Brigid’s protection against fire and disease.  There will be an opportunity for those who visit Solas Bhride between 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 noon to weave a cross. 

 

Development Update – March 2014

The construction on the exterior of the building is now almost complete. The last of the windows were installed in mid-February. A lot of the major interior work is nearing completion.

Exterior of building

The entrance to the Centre. Landscaping now in progress!

Interior of building

The Spring sunshine casts its light on the interior of the building.

Painting has begun and it is hoped that most of the interior work will be completed within the next three weeks.
The timber floors will not be installed for a further six weeks to allow the building to dry out completely.

Exterior and Hermitage

The exterior of one of the Hermitages nears completion. The puddles resulting from the January and February rainfall can be clearly seen.

The wet and windy weather have not been favorable to landscaping. However, some progress has been made. The oak trees that have been nurtured at Solas Bhride since 2007 were inspected and deemed to be in good condition for planting at the site.

Fundraising
We are in the process of negotiation a loan/loans to cover cost of completing the building. We still need to raise a further €790,000.  Any donation is deeply appreciated.   We need your help!
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.

 

Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages will open in Summer 2014