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May 2019

Caring for the Soul of the Earth: An Exploration of Spiritual Ecology through the lens of the Legend of Brigid and the Fox.

May 11, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm IST
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Ecological renewal and sustainability depends upon spiritual awareness and an attitude of responsibility.

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June 2019

A Celebration of the Summer Solstice

June 21, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm IST
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

At this solstice time we raise our hearts in gratitude for the mystery of the sun, the mystery of light and of fire and the mystery of The Light

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August 2019

Pilgrimage to St. Brigid’s Well

August 24, 2019, 2:30 pm IST
Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market House, The Square
Kildare Town, Ireland

Pilgrimage to St. Brigid’s Well Celebrating our Spiritual and Cultural Heritage Time: 3.00 p.m.—4.00 p.m. Assemble at Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Raod, Kildare town  2.45. p.m. All Welcome  

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September 2019

Autumn Equinox

September 21, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm IST
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

“No spring nor summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face.”

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October 2019

Poetry Evening: Reflecting on Poems by David Whyte

October 9, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm IST
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

“What if the world is holding its breath - waiting for you to take the place that only you can fill?”

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Anamchara: Chapter 5 : Ageing: The Beauty of the Inner Harvest

October 16, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm IST
St. Brigid’s Well, Brallistown Little,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

“Ageing is not merely about the body losing its poise, strength and self-trust. Ageing also invites you to become aware of the sacred circle that shelters your life”. John O Donohue

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Celebration of Samhain and All Saints, All Souls

October 31, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

Venue: Solas Bhride Centre Time: 8.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Suggested donation: €10.00 (incl. Tea/coffee)

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November 2019

Anamchara: Chapter 6: Death: The horizon is in the well.

November 7, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

“The Celtic tradition has a refined sense of the miracle of death.”

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Celtic Spirituality

November 21, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

Join us as we embark on a journey of exploration of the spiritual heritage of the Celts as it evolved over the centuries. Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Facilitated by: Solas Bhride Team Time: 7.30 p.m.—9.00 p.n, Admission: €10.00 (incl. Tea/coffee)

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Journey into Advent

November 30, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€15

“It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope”. Pope Benedict XVI Facilitated by Solas Bhride Team Time: 10.30 a.m.—12.30 p.m. Admission: €15.00 (incl. Tea/coffee)

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December 2019

Sacred Dance

December 10, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€15

Sacred Dance Facilitators: Terry Hennessy, Betty White Time: 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Admission: €15.00 (incl tea/coffee)

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Winter Solstice – Darkness into Light

December 21, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” Margaret Atwood

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January 2020

Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well

January 31, 7:20 pm GMT
Japanese Garden’s Carpark, Japanese Gardens
Kildare,

A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime. Venue:  Assemble at Japanese Garden car park at 7.20 p.m. If you wish, bring a light/lantern and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

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February 2020

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

February 1, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses Workshop in which participants will have the opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross. Venue:         Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town Time:           10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Admission:  FREE Visitors are welcome throughout the day

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Traditions and Customs

February 1, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

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 and traditions that were transmitted orally from around the time St. Brigid lived. Presenters:        Solas Bhride Team Venue:                 Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road…

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Eucharistic Celebration at St. Brigid’s well

February 2, 10:30 am - 11:30 am GMT
St. Brigid’s Well, Brallistown Little,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

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.

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Harp Recital

February 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

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

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Where have all the insects gone?

February 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€5

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 nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together…

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Annual Celtic Lecture

February 4, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Kildare Education Centre, Friary Rd
Kildare town, Co. Kildare Ireland
FREE

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 is author of the book “The Human in the Universe”. In this book, the age-old existential human questions such as ‘what is love, what is…

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Sacred Dance

February 5, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

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 circles to traditional and classical music. Growing numbers of people find in Sacred Dance a sense of deep stillness and peace. Whether you are a…

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St. Brigid of Ireland In Europe

February 5, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

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 – a Conversation” . In a recently published book “St. Brigid of Kildare – Life, Legend and Cult” (Four Courts Press 2017) the author Dr.…

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 Fire and Water:  a prayerful reflection      

February 6, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€5

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 dimensional images. Flat sheets of plain glass are fused, enamelled, etched, sandblasted, painted and fired. Pure white porcelain is combined with the glass and these…

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Floral Art Demonstration

February 6, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland
€10

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

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Kildare Town Library Event.

February 6, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm GMT
Kildare Town Library, Claregate St
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

"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 Kildare Town Library for full details of these events: Ph 045 520235 or kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie or visit www.kildare.ie Wednesday 5th February St Brigid’s Cross making workshop…

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Feile Bride Concert -Now Sold Out

February 7, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

Featuring Steve Cooney and Cormac Breatnach “The best musicians always have their own distinctive sound.... and their sound is instantly recognisable” Aoife Nic Cormaic Tickets €25, available from Solas Bhride Centre or Kildare Heritage Centre Throughout his long career, Cormac Juan Breatnach has recorded on more than 30 albums and played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Máire Breatnach. In 2018 Cormac collaborated with Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish to record his…

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Afri Peace and Justice Conference

February 8, 9:35 am - 4:30 pm GMT
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

“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 real change.  We must rekindle the flame; revitalize our energies; rewild whenever and wherever possible and restore our awesome planet to its former glory.  We…

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March 2020

Spring Equinox Reflection

March 20

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 words “asquus” meaning equal and “nox” meaning night – “equal night” The equinox marks a point of balance in the earth’s yearly cycle. At this…

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Reflection on The Annunciation of the Light of the World

March 25

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 to step into her own light and say ‘yes’. Mary’s ‘yes’ then was no easier than it is for all of us to follow our…

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A Practice from the Celtic Tradition.

March 27 - March 31

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 (an adapted version is as follows) Step 1. Make yourself comfortable. Become aware of your breath, gently breathing in and out. This brings you into…

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April 2020

A Reflection for Easter 2020

April 11, 8:00 am - April 27, 5:00 pm IST

  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 alone.” This is about transformation. It does not mean we deny the pain, isolation and abandonment that we are experiencing at this time, but we…

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Celebrating Earth Day 2020

April 22

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 world habitable On its official website the Earth Day organisers invite all on April 22, “to join us for 24 hours of action in a…

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Celebrating Bealtaine

April 28, 12:00 am - May 15, 12:00 pm IST

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 gather to mark the feast of Bealtaine, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  This year, because of the Coronavirus Covid-19 we are unable…

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May 2020

Feast of Pentacost

May 29 - June 4

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

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June 2020

Summer Solstice Reflection

June 21, 12:00 am - June 25, 12:00 am IST
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

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 open to receive this mystery with an open heart: Creator God You brought fire forth from your burning heart. You seeded it like yeast in…

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August 2020

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

August 22
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

‘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 the close connection between education and heritage, and to consider what our heritage can teach us about our past, what it can tell us about…

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September 2020

Wellness Weekend Kildare Town

September 18 - September 20
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 opportunity to participate. The programme aims to address all four pillars of wellness, physical, mental, spiritual and environment. The festival has invested a lot of…

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Autumn Equinox

September 22
Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Ireland

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 as darkness.Equinox time is a time of equilibrium and balance, of harmony and stillness. For us in the Northern Hemisphere the autumn equinox marks the…

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October 2020

Reflection for Samhain

October 31

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 of the dead was at its thinnest . At the feast of Samhain, the old year’s fires were extinguished and after sunset the ceremonial New…

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November 2020

Reflection for Feast of All Saints

November 1

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 that love includes the saints. The Celtic Christian took St. Paul’s words in Hebrews 12:1 “Seeing we are surrounded with so great a crowd of…

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Reflection for Feast of All Souls

November 2

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. Samhain is marked with a special ritual of remembrance in Solas Bhride each year.  Participants, visitors and pilgrims are invited to i9nscribe the names of…

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