St. Brigid of Kildare

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“The Wisdom of Trees” A National Heritage Week Event

Aug 17, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

From ancient mythology and folklore, we know that our Celtic ancestors worshipped trees long before science discovered the benefits they provide for the environment. Their respect for trees can be seen throughout history.  The first European alphabet, the Ogham alphabet, has every letter named for a tree or an important companion of trees. There are over ten thousand places in Ireland that contain a tree in their name.  This, of course, includes Kildare, Cill Dara, the church of the oak. In Celtic history the oak, ash and hawthorn trees were held as the most sacred.

How well do you know the native trees in your area? Do you know the story and folklore associated with them?

Why not join us at Solas Bhride where Paddy will lead us on a tree and shrub discovery walk through the grounds not only informing us of their environmental significance but also sharing much of the ancient folklore and mythology associated with our native species.

A family friendly event with a tree naming activity for the younger members.

Car parking space available at the centre.

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August 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm IST
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Solas Bhride Centre
Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages, Tully Road,
Kildare Town, Co. Kildare R51 Y281 Ireland
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Paddy Gleeson