St. Brigid of Kildare

Feile Bride 2013

Féile Bride was once again very successful this year with all events being very well attended.dolorespadraigin

Padraigin Clancy’s presentation on our three patrons, Patrick, Brigid and Columcille, at the Annual Celtic Lecture was inspirational and she left her audience enthralled and looking for more. The lecture was sponsored by the Kildare Education Centre.

Padraigin Clancy with the Director of Kildare Education Centre, Dolores Hamill


onferencThe Afri Conference had a new venue this year – the Osborne Centre at the Irish National Stud – and over 100 people attended.

Professor John Feehan opened the eyes of the participants to the unique landscape that is

the Curragh of Kildare and pointed out some of its special features on our field trip. Tom Roche, was passionate in his presentation on trees and the importance they play in our lives, as well as the urgent need to conserve our forests and develop a policy of planting native species.

Joe Murray, Director of Afri helping to plant a tree in the grounds of the Irish National Stud during the conference.



On St. Brigid’s Day’s walk on the Curragh,plains

Michael Jacob talked about the formation of the Curragh as well as its special flora and fauna. The walk also included a visit to a stable training yard, telling the story of the Curragh wrens and the military history of the Curragh Camp. It concluded with the Launch of the Brigid Gathering event for Kildare.


massOver 150 people braved the cold on Sunday

Morning for mass at the well on February 3rd


universeworkshopThe Feile concluded with a workshop “Living the new Universe Story” presented by Maria and Kieran Murphy, and Sr. Phil O’Shea

Sr. Mary Minehan carries in the Brigid flame at the beginning of the workshop.