St. Brigid of Kildare

Into Kildare, the Tourism Board for County Kildare and Solas Bhríde Spirituality Centre & Hermitages have jointly launched a global ‘Pause for Peace’ movement.  Pause for Peace will see the residents of County Kildare (Ireland) calling on people all around the world to stop for a minute’s silence at 12.00 noon (local time) on  St Brigid’s day, the 1st of February 2023.

Sr. Rita Minehan of Solas Bhríde said, “This movement for a Pause for Peace sets the scene for marking the new national holiday in honour of St Brigid on February 6th. It reflects a spiritual underpinning to the holiday and is consonant with the value of peace which Brigid stood for in her time.”

She went on the say, “By pausing for peace, we send out a message that we actively oppose warfare and the proliferation of arms, which wreak havoc on human beings as well as on the natural world. This movement aims to awaken and build a spirit of global solidarity in our search for peace. It would be a fitting tribute to Saint Brigid and to all our ancestors if it were marked with a Pause for Peace on her feast-day, February 1st each year. We are delighted to have three ambassadors for Pause for Peace, they are Ewan Morris, Lily Tyrrell Kenny, Ben Ryan, senior students from Kildare Town Community School.

Already the news has started to spread around the world about the Pause for Peace campaign through the Irish diaspora living abroad, through Tourism Ireland and through the Solas Bhride network who are located all over the world.  New Zealand will be first to start the Pause for Peace movement when they will have a minute’s silence for peace at12.00 noon, their time on Saint Brigid’s Day, 1st of February.  From New Zealand to New York from Brisbane to Barcelona a minutes silence for peace will take place all around the globe and will form part of the rolling Pause for Peace movement.

2024 marks the 1,500 anniversary of the death of St. Brigid. In preparation, various activities and movements will take place this year. The Pause for Peace movement is one of those special events which give recognition to the importance of St.Brigid from a cultural, religious, spiritual and historical point of view.

January 12th 2023

Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages CLG, Kildare Town