St. Brigid of Kildare

Heritage Week Event at Solas Bhride
The theme for Heritage Week 2019 was “Pastimes- Past Times. A number of events took place in Kildare from August 17th to 25th. Heritage week provided a great opportunity for Solas Bhride to showcase our local heritage.
Solas Bhride hosted an afternoon pilgrimage on Saturday, August 24th. The event focused on the spiritual and cultural heritage of St. Brigid. Those who participated in the event came from Ireland, Russia and America. The sun shone brightly as we walked the pilgrimage from Solas Bhride to St. Brigid’s well and afterwards returned to Solas Bhride for a walk around the grounds and to enjoy some light refreshments.

Norwegian Ambassador visits Solas Bhride
We were delighted to welcome Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland to Solas Bhride on Thursday, August 1st. The purpose of her visit was to strengthen co-operation and bonding between pilgrims from Norway who are interested in coming to Ireland to walk pilgrim trails in the footsteps of the Irish saints. She has arranged for two groups to visit Solas Bhride to walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid of Kildare.
She was amazed to hear of the many pilgrim groups from Norway that have already had contact with Solas Bhride through the years.

Arklow Brigini Girl Guides
On Saturday, June 29th the guides and their leaders spent a day walking in the footsteps of their patroness, St. Brigid. Their trip took in Kildare Heritage Centre, a visit to St. Brigid’s Cathedral and a pilgrimage to St. Brigid’s well. At the well they were met by Phil from Solas Bhride who spoke to them about some of the customs associated with St. Brigid and they learned how her legends have something to say to our lives today. They enthusiastically participated in the pilgrimage and afterwards visited the Solas Bhride Centre where they enjoyed a very welcome lunch break.