St. Brigid of Kildare

The site set aside for the herb herb-garden-3garden at Solas Bhride was mostly home to a variety of weeds until the beginning of October this year.  Paddy Gleeson, who was a judge on the popular RTE Gardening Series “Super Garden” and formerly Woodie’s DIY resiherb-garden-4dent Horticultural consultant, designed a beautiful herb garden for the Centre. Garden of Eden Landscape, Athy transformed the space over two days.  Paddy, who is renowned for his knowledge of plants, selected the herbs for the garden and presided over the planting.  The garden was ready in time for a talk given by Paddy on Saturday, October 8th, entitled “Herbs: know them and grow them”.  The participants at the workshop were inspired by Paddy’s passion, the variety of herbs he spoke about and how they can create a beautiful space that can be enjoyed as well as their use in cooking and for healing.

The end result is a beautiful space that will be a joy to the senses in terms of taste, aroma and visual impact.
















Loving Sister Earth (LSE) is fostering a nationwide network of prayer and action for our Common Home. Its focus is on Ireland’s Monastic Sites and Holy Places.LSE invited Solas Bhríde to conduct a ritual at St. Brigid’s Well,  Kildare, which will be one of a number of creative rituals available for viewing on the LSE YouTube site on 15          On the same weekend A Sacred Concert, the Story of Love, will be streamed globally from Knock Basilica on The Concert has some of the same themes as Loving Sister Earth.

All details on LSE website


Pilgrim Groups

We have had many pilgrim groups visit the Centre during the past few months, national and international visitors. Many speak of their visit to Solas Bhride as one of the highlights of their pilgrim journey to Ireland.






Surprise Visitor: A surprise visitor among one of the Pilgrim groups was renowned author Sue Monk Kidd who presented Solas Bhride with a signed copy of her best selling book “The Secret Life of Bees.”




Another Surprise Visitor!
Many are familiar with the Legend of the Fox associated with St. Brigid.  Early one morning in late September a fox pfox-solas-bhrideaid a visit to Solas Bhride, lured no doubt by the many rabbits that have taken up residence in the grounds. The fox has been spotted several times since. So now we can claim to  have our very own St. Brigid’s fox!