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Traditions and Customs

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Revisiting some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid and their relevance today. Despite her high profile St. Brigid has always been an ellusive figure but there is a wealth of folklore surrounding her.  In their presentation the Solas Bhride Team members, Margaret Walsh and Brenda Kindergan will explore many of the customs...

€10

Eucharistic Celebration at St. Brigid’s well

St. Brigid's Well Brallistown Little,, Kildare Town

Followed by refreshments at Solas Bhride. Car parking spaces available at Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road from 10.00 a.m. onwards Mass at the Well begins at 10.30 a.m. Solas Bhride Centre open for visitors throughout the day from 12.00 noon - 4.30 p.m.

Harp Recital

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Come and enjoy a taste of Ireland’s unique harping heritage with Sarah Freely Venue:          Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Rd Time:            2.30 p.m - 3.30 p.m. Admission:  Free

Where have all the insects gone?

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Practical steps on how to make gardens pollinator friendly. Presenter:       Juanita Browne, Natural Biodiversity Data Centre Juanita coordinates implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced  the amount of food (flowers) and safe...

€5

Annual Celtic Lecture

Kildare Education Centre Friary Rd, Kildare town

This Sacred Universe:  At the heart of religion and science Presenter:  Niamh Brennan Niamh Brennan (MA Development Studies; MA Culture and Spirituality) is a writer and workshop facilitator in the area of cosmology and spirituality. She is co-author with Greg Morter of the e-book The Universe Story in Science and Myth for Green Spirit. She...

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Sacred Dance

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Experience harmony, peace and joy as we move gently into Spring. Sacred Dance emerged from European classical and folk dance traditions. Originally whole villages danced together for special celebrations or rituals that usually had a spiritual dimension that brought about a greater integration and harmony of body, mind and spirit. Sacred Dance involves movement in...

€10

St. Brigid of Ireland In Europe

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Presenter:  Liam Kenny Kildare historian, Liam Kenny, is author of numerous articles on the very popular “Looking Back Series” in the Lenister Leader. His articles cover a variety of topics relating to the history, archaeology and heritage of Co. Kildare. Liam’s choice of topic for this Feile Bride event is “Brigid of Kildare in Europe...

 Fire and Water:  a prayerful reflection      

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Presenter: Noreen Ramsay is a contemporary Irish artist, working with glass and porcelain, to create beautiful gifts for special occasions and art for sacred spaces. She tells a story through her art, expressing symbolically in imagery, what cannot easily be expressed in words. Mainly working with overlapping layers of glass and ceramic she creates three...

€5

Floral Art Demonstration

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

  Presenter: Enda Thompson Phelan, AOIFA Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Rd, Kildare Town

€10

Kildare Town Library Event.

Kildare Town Library Claregate St, Kildare Town

"In ainm Bhride"/ In Brigid's Name An evening celebrating our local poets, writers, musicians and dancers at Kildare Town Library. Venue:                 Kildare Town Library Time:                    7.00 p.m. refreshments                                 7.30 p..m. Main event Other events at Kildare Town Library include: Cross Weaving with Beth Murphy Exhibition of pages from Josephine Hardiman's "Book of Kildare" Contact...

Afri Peace and Justice Conference

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

“Rekindling, Revitalising, Rewilding, Restoring” Greta Thunberg has become a world leader, speaking truth to power, exposing the emperor's 'no clothes' - doing what those in power have abysmally failed to do. The Feile Bride Afri Conference will be a response to Greta's call to action.  This will be the first year of the decade of...

Spring Equinox Reflection

We invite you to join with us as we mark the Spring Equinox. Preparation Materials needed: A candle, or nightlight. Daffodils or another flower or plant Some seeds Music: See list of suggested music at end of ritual.                                                             The Ritual Begin by settling into a quiet space. The word Equinox comes from the latin...

Reflection on The Annunciation of the Light of the World

In the Christian tradition we celebrate The Annunciation of the Light of the World, the Annunciation of the Birth of Jesus on March 25th. Reflection: This is a celebration of Mary’s special day, her calling to be the Mother of Jesus, the Light of the World. Mary was bathed in Divine light and was invited...

A Practice from the Celtic Tradition.

The “Caim” is an encircling prayer. The word originates from an old gaelic word meaning protection or sanctuary. It is an invisible circle of protection, drawn around the body with the hand. The circle symbolizes the encircling love and presence of God surrounding you, protecting you, caring for you. Practicing the encircling prayer is simple...

A Reflection for Easter 2020

  This Easter we are marking the celebrations of the Tridium, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in a way never before experienced because of the Coronavirus Covid-19. The key message of Jesus during his life was one of letting go. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains...

Celebrating Earth Day 2020

Millions of people around the world rallied together behind the idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our...

Celebrating Bealtaine

The cuckoo comes in April, She sings her song in May, In leafy June, she changes her tune, And in July she flies away. Most of us are familiar with this nursery rhyme. This year, with the silence that surrounds us, we may hear the cuckoo again. Each year here at Solas Bhride Centre we...

Feast of Pentacost

May the fire of the Spirit fill you with courage to embrace new possibilities.

Summer Solstice Reflection

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Behold the One who stands before you comes with fire! So keep his fires burning through this night, Beacons and gateways for the Child of Light. Mid-Summer Malcom Guite At this solstice time we raise our hearts in gratitude for the mystery of the sun, the mystery of light and of fire. Let us be...

Heritage Week: The Custom of Weaving a St. Brigid’s Cross

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’. The theme for Heritage Week 2020 is ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’. Engaging with our shared heritage presents a rich source for learning, and an opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with the knowledge, traditions and skills of our ancestors. This year, we encourage everybody to explore...

Wellness Weekend Kildare Town

Kildare Town and Solas Bhride

Kildare town is hosting a World Wellness Weekend on 18-20th September. Solas Bhride is delighted to support and be part of this event. In response to the enormous challenges that Covid 19 has brought, the event aims to provide a huge array of activities and therapies that offer people of all abilities and interest an...

Autumn Equinox

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

September Tuesday, September 22nd:  Autumn Equinox “No spring nor summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnall face.”  Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne Septmber 22nd is the autumnal (or fall) equinox, the day when the sun crosses the celestial equator and the earth has the same amount of daylight...

Reflection for Samhain

Today we are celebrating Samhain. Samhain was the most important of the four great feasts for our Celtic ancestors.  It marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The Celts believed that on this night of Samhain, the boundary between the world of the living and the world...

Reflection for Feast of All Saints

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of Samhain, the time of year when our Celtic ancestors had a sense of the thinness of the veil which separates this world from the next. Today, November 1st, we celebrate the feast of All Saints. The Celtic tradition is marked by a great love of *Kith and kin” and...

Reflection for Feast of All Souls

Many culturies celebrate All Souls Day on November 2nd.  In the Celtic tradition there is a great sense that the dead are very close to us at this time of year.  It was believed that the boundary between the world of the living and that of the dead was at its thinnest at this time....

Advent: Journeying with the Light

WEEK 1 - Journeying with the Light of  Hope Welcome to Solas Bhríde and to our reflection on Advent. Our theme for the first Sunday is: Journeying with the Lght of Hope.       We light the first candle - a symbol of hope. Hope is being able to see that there is light...

Advent Week 4: Journeying with the Light of Peace

Welcome to Solas Bhríde and to our reflection on Advent. Our theme for the fourth Sunday is:  Journeying with the Light of Peace. We light the fourth candle - a symbol of peace Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the people of God Matthew 5:9 As Christians we are called to be...

Winter Solstice: Darkness into Light

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

The Winter Solstice reminds us that in the midst of darkness there is great hope.

A presentation on The Customs and Traditions associated with Saint Brigid.

Online

Join Margaret Walsh and Brenda Kindregan (Cairde Bhride) as they explore the Customs and Traditions associated with Saint Brigid. In the folk tradition of Ireland and the Celtic Calendar, the first day of February is the beginning of Spring and the beginning of the agriculture year. Join Brenda and Margaret as they explore these Customs...

€11.53

Meditation from the Brigid Room

Solas Bhride Centre Tully Road, Kildare Town

Meditation from the Brigid Room You are invited to virtually join with us at Solas Bhride for the first of two short meditations/reflections Gift yourself some time in quiet reflection and meditation. We invite you to journey inward to your sacred space and be in touch with the light within you. Booking through Eventbrite:

FREE

Webinar on Saint Brigid of Kildare: Her Relevance for our Time.

Online

Saint Brigid of Kildare: Her Relevance for our time Tune in to Solas Bhride for a talk on Saint Brigid with Rita Minehan CSB and glean some gems of Celtic Wisdom. This webinar will respond to the question: Who was saint Brigid of Kildare? It will include some of the rich resources associated with her;...

€11.53

Meditation from the Brigid Room

Online

Meditation from the Brigid Room You are invited to virtually join with us at Solas Bhride for the first of two short meditations/reflections Gift yourself some time in quiet reflection and meditation. We invite you to journey inward to your sacred space and be in touch with the light within you. Booking through Eventbrite:

Afri: An Online Gathering

Online

Afri:  An online gathering with reflections, music, poetry and film This year’s Féile Bríde notice comes to you with the unsurprising news that we will not be able to gather this February in the lovely surrounds of Solas Bhríde in Kildare. We will miss the fáilte and the hospitality that we’ve experienced from our Brigidine...

Reflection/Meditation from the Brigid Room

Solas Bhride Website

Unfolding the legacy of St. Brigid and its relevance for today. A series of weekly meditations/reflections during the season of Lent. We invite you to join us each Thursday evening at 7.p.m. during the season of Lent for a half hour meditation/reflection. This event is free of charge but you must complete the booking form...

FREE

Reflection/Meditation from the Brigid Room

Solas Bhride Website

Unfolding the legacy of St. Brigid and its relevance for today. A series of weekly meditations/reflections during the season of Lent. We invite you to join us each Thursday evening at 7.p.m. during the season of Lent for a half hour meditation/reflection. This event is free of charge but you must complete the booking form...

FREE