2012 was probably the darkest period of our journey towards a new centre. Two occurances in late 2012 were catalysts in giving us the courage to move forward with construction. The Design Team agreed to sign up to a vision and value statement drawn up by Solas Bhride – all had to pledge to work in right relationship with each other as the spirit in which the centre was built was as important to Solas Bhride as the centre itself. The second catalyst was the offer of a gift of a 9 foot green bronze sculpture of St. Brigid from Chicago, Illnois, USA. The donor was unaware that we were about to construct a centre. Here was Brigid ready to arrive and we had not even got started with our building. That jolted us into action.