St. Brigid of Kildare

Wet siteBuilding progress

After the dry summer days the rain has arrived and made conditions around the site very muddy indeed.  However, work continues at pace.  Most of the roofs have been completed and windows are expected to be installed by mid-November.
The red poroton bricks have now been sealed and the outside of the building begins to have a finished look!Stephen in front of entrance


Stephen Smyth, site foreman, stands outside the front entrance of the building. The walls here are clad in limestone.

Work has begun on the interior of the building.

On a recent site visit Mary can be seen checking out the rooms in one of the apartments in the building.Hospitality Room

Mary looks in the doorBrian O’Brien and Catriona McArdle of Solearth Ecological Architecture hold a meeting on site with the Solas Bhride community as well as Ann Riordan and Liam Kearney who supervise the Project on behalf of Solas Bhride.

The timber frame for the first Hermitage is put in First Hermitageplace. The Hermitages were built off site and then assembled and installed on site.

Much progress has been made during the past six weeks.  Once the building is secured, with windows installed and roofs completed, work on the interior will progress. The weather will not impact on the work at that stage. Once the scaffolding has been removed a clearer picture of the design of the building will

Fundraising is ongoing.  If you would like to contribute in any way towards the cost of the building it would be much appreciated. Donations can be made to Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages Building Fund, 14 Dara Park, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare or through the Donation page on this website.  Thank you.