St. Brigid of Kildare

LAUNCH OF FÉILE BHRÍDE 2023

William Redmond (Director), James Kavanagh (Director), Aine Mangan (CEO Into Kildare ), Rita Minahan (Director), Phil O'Shea (Director), Sonya Kavanagh (Chief Executive of Kildare County Council , Theresa Kilmurray (Director) & David Mongey (Chair Into Kildare)
William Redmond (Director), James Kavanagh (Director), Aine Mangan (CEO Into Kildare ), Rita Minahan (Director), Phil O'Shea (Director), Sonya Kavanagh (Chief Executive of Kildare County Council) , Theresa Kilmurray (Director) & David Mongey (Chair Into Kildare)

Brigid: Flame of Justice & Peace is the overarching theme of the 30th Annual Féile Bríde which takes place in Kildare Town from Tuesday 31st January to Tuesday 7th February 2023. Solas Bhride have developed a weeklong program of celebration to include music, dance, weaving, reflection, poetry, and discussion.

The Féile commences on Tuesday, January 31st with the annual pilgrimage of quiet reflection and ritual at St. Brigid’s well beginning at the Japanese Garden car park.

On St. Brigid’s day there will be an opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross, and an invitation to participate in a workshop that revisits some of the traditions and customs associated with St. Brigid.

A new initiative recently launched jointly by Solas Bhride & Into Kildare is the Pause for Peace movement where Kildare is calling for a global minute’s silence at 12 noon on St Brigid’s day. This initiative sets the scene for the new bank holiday in honour of St Brigid. It reflects the spiritual underpinning to the holiday and is consonant with the value of peace Brigid stood for in her time.

Aine Mangan, Kildare Failte and Sonya Kavanagh CEO Kildare County Council.
Aine Mangan, Kildare Failte and Sonya Kavanagh CEO Kildare County Council.
Josephine Hardiman, Artist, Mario Corrigan, Senior Executive Librarian at Kildare County Council, Phil O Shea, Solas Bhride, Cllr. Mark Stafford.
Josephine Hardiman, Artist, Mario Corrigan, Senior Executive Librarian at Kildare County Council, Phil O Shea, Solas Bhride, Cllr. Mark Stafford.

Kildare Education Support Centre is delighted to continue its long history of supporting Féile Bríde.  Its Director, Siobhan Kavanagh stated “Saint Brigid’s connections with Education, Heritage and spirituality are deeply rooted in Kildare. Her Compassion and Care for the Earth are an example which can inspire far beyond the county borders. We look forward to the Annual Celtic Lecture on 2nd February ‘Awakening: Brigid: Woman, Life Legacy’.”

A core componant of Féile Bríde is the Afri Justice and Peace Conference which will be held on Saturday, February 4th. Joe Murray, Afri Director stated “We in Afri are looking forward to our 30th Féile Bríde event in Kildare on February 4th. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Brigidine Sisters and Cáirde Bríde over the past three decades. We’ve had some memorable moments in the course of the thirty years – extraordinary speakers and activists intermixed with wonderful music, poetry and theatre. Brigid’s message of peace and care for the Planet have always been central themes and this will continue and intensify as more and more countries – including Ireland – seem to be abandoning the pursuit of peace and opting instead for the drumbeats of war. 

Phil O Shea, Solas Bhride, Siobhan Keogh, KTCS, Joe Murray, Afri. Emma Strain, Kildare Heritage Centre
Phil O Shea, Solas Bhride, Siobhan Keogh, KTCS, Joe Murray, Afri. Emma Strain, Kildare Heritage Centre
Cairde Bhride members

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Féile and of the lighting of the Brigid Flame of Hope, Justice & Peace, all are welcome to a special event which will be held in the Market Square in Kildare Town on Saturday 4th February at 10 am with Adi Roche and Luka Bloom as special guests.

On the first Bank Holiday in honour of St.Brigid, February 6th  Solas Bhríde is hosting 2 events: A Miscellany of Memories & Music at 11 am and in the afternoon, Jim Kavanagh, will host a Ramble on St Brigid’s pastures, the Curragh at 2.30 pm.

Throughout the month February 2023, the Brigid pages from The Book of Kildare will be exhibited at Solas Bhríde and the new, illuminated pages will be on display at Kildare Town Library.

The Féile has a week long programme of creative events which will cater for all ages and many interests.  It will be a festival inclusive of a range of free events presented by Kildare Town Library commencing Saturday Janaury 28th with St. Brigid’s Cross workshops with Beth Murphy and finishing on Friday evening February 3rd with a lecture and poetry reading with Martin Dyar. Vital Signs: Poems of Illness and Healing will be accompanied by musicians Treasa Harkin and Mairéad Carroll

Rita Minehan, Mary Minehan, Phil O Shea and Geraldine Moore, Solas Bhride

For information on all events and to book online contact Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare town:www.solasbhride.ie  email: info@solasbhride.ie or phone 045 522890.

For information on Afri Conference contact: admin@afri.ie or www.afri.ie

For information on Kildare Heritage Centre events contact: Kildare Heritage, email:  info@kildareheritage.com or phone 045 530672

For information on Kildare Education Centre www.eckildare.ie or phone 045530200

For information on Kildare Town Library kildarelib@kildsrecoco.ie or phone 045520235

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
www.solasbhride.ie

Venue: St. Brigid’s Well
Time: 10:30a.m.

Car parking facilities are available at Solas Bhríde Spirituality Centre

Join the Solas Bhríde Team on a gentle walk through the centre grounds.

Brigid of Kildare has left an inspiring legacy.

As we walk gently together through the Centre grounds, discover how Brigid’s legacy as, woman of the land, and woman of hospitality relates to our modern times and how we can encompass her values to enrich our lives. When we walk reverently and solidly on this earth, we send out waves of compassion and peace. It is this compassion that will heal ourselves, each other, and this beautiful green earth. On our walk we will also reflect on the importance of our native trees.

When we walk reverently and solidly on this earth, we send out waves of compassion and peace. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Meditative Walk will be led by the Solas Bhríde Team and Cairde Bhríde.

Venue: Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre, Tully Road

Time: 10.30 – 11.30 p.m.

Admission: Suggested Donation:  €5
Booking essential:  www.solasbhride.ie or info@solasbhride.ie or ph 045 522890
Car parking facilities are available at Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre

Customs and Traditions Associated with Saint Brigid:
Gleaning wisdom from old customs and traditions to live more fully and sustainably while turning toward a future of greater well-being for ourselves and Planet Earth.

Presenters:                      Margaret Walsh, Brenda Kindregan
Time:                                7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Venue:                             Online from Solas Bhride Centre
Admission:                     €15.00

There are many stories to tell!

Join us as we bring you on a journey through some of the customs and traditions, where you will discover the spirit of Saint Brigid and her relationship with our ancestors through story, music, poetry, and creative activity.

This will be an informative, fun-filled, and thought-provoking experience.

Booking essential: www.solasbhride.ie or info@solasbhride.ie or ph 045 522890

This is an online event only.

An easy leisurely walk to some ancient and recent historical sites on the Curragh Plains.

Presenters:      Jim Kavanagh and Solas Bhride Team
Time:                2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Venue:             Assemble Solas Bhride Centre at 2.30 p.m.
Admission:     €10.00

The Curragh is an asset that is completely unique in terms of its archaeological, environmental, historical, and cultural heritage and is a landscape of both national and international importance. John Feehan

Booking details: www.solasbhride.ie or info@solasbhride.ie
There is a short drive to the Little Curragh where parking will be available. Please dress weather appropriate and wear suitable footwear for soft/wet ground underfoot.

A Miscellany of Memories and Music

Featuring personal reminiscences from the past 30 years of Feile Bride with local mucsicians providing a selection of musical interludes

Presenters:  Solas Bhride Team, Poets and Musicians
Time:            11.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Venue:          Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre
Admission: FREE (Donations welcome)

Booking details: www.solasbhride.ie or info@solasbhride.ie

My name is Anne Rynne and I come from a ‘singing’ family.

My parents were the first influence in my life when it came to singing. My father, Andy Moore, had a deep baritone voice and my mother, Nancy Power had a beautiful soprano voice.  My two singing brothers Christy Moore, and Barry Moore, aka Luka Bloom, are two very different singers, both writers of terrific songs and both a huge influence on me. My ‘middle’ brother Andy is a fine singer too as are my two sisters Terry and Eilish.

Anne will perform songs from her new album.
Presenters:   Anne Rynne
Time:             3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Venue:           Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre
Admission:   FREE  – Booking essential

 

About ten years ago, as we sat at the kitchen table, my brother Barry asked me, “Why are you not singing”? ”Remember, sis that you are the messenger, that you need to remove yourself personally from the song, and go sing the message!”…. I could feel a huge shift and I could feel my nerves flowing out of me! At last – I got over myself!
Barry has been great and his advice has helped me find my voice.

My children are all musical too and involved in the Arts. And of course, Davoc, by my side encouraging me always, only for the last 54 years!!
I feel privileged to have found my voice.
So here you have it – in my 74th year, my third album The Golden Thread.
I am a singer of songs.

Booking essential:  www.solasbhride.ie or info@solasbhride.ie or ph 045 522890
Car parking facilities are available at Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre

Afri Justice & Peace Conference: Darkness, Dawn, Light

Time:   Registration is 11 a.m. All Day Event
Venue: Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre
Admission: €30.00 (Concession €15.00)

Full details of the Conference available on www.afri.ie
Booking is essential: admin@afri.ie or phone 01 8384204

 

Full details of the Conference available on www.afri.ie

30 Years: Commemorating the Lighting of the Flame of Hope, Justice and Peace in 1993

30 years ago a ame was lit by Afri and the Brigidine Sisters to mark the opening of an International Justice and Peace Conference titled: “Brigid: Prophetess, Earthwoman, Peacemaker”

Presenter:   Afri (Action from Ireland) and Solas Bhride
Time:          10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
Venue:        Market Square, Kildare Town

Special Guests:  Adi Roche, Luka Bloom and others

Enquires to: 045 522890 or info@solasbhride.ie