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Féile Bríde 2017

Féile Bríde, incorporates a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with Afri – Action from Ireland, workshops, and a candle lit ritual on Brigid’s Eve at the well. Pilgrimage and a Peace and Justice Conference are core components. The secular and the sacred are intertwined. There is something for everybody. Local school children dramatise the legends of Brigid. Brigid crosses are woven by young and old. The celebration of Eucharist and other creative rituals are conducted in the local churches. The pilgrimage and ritual at St. Brigid’s well on January 31st draws hundreds of people from near and far. The customs associated with Brigid are celebrated. Artists entertain those who come to a feast of poetry, music, song and ceili (Irish dancing.) The exciting growth and success of the Feile has its source in the energy and efforts of the community from which it sprung.

Féile Bríde: Weaving a new vision: caring for all creation
Sunday, January 31st – Sunday, February 7th

Saturday, January 30th

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
Venue: Kildare Town Library
Time:11.00 – 12.00

Kildare through the Lens
Photographic Exhibition by Michael Anderton
Venue: Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Exhibition runs for the duration of the Féile

Sunday, January 31st

Kildare Monastic Trail
Assemble: Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time: 2.30

Solas Bhride Centre open to Visitors
Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
Time: 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well on January 31
A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.

Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
Time: 7.30-9.00 p.m.

If you wish bring a light / lantern and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Monday, February 1st – Lá Fhéile Bhríde

Customs & Traditions
Revisiting some of the customs & traditions associated with St. Brigid
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre
Presenters: Solas Bhride Team
Time: 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m
Admission: €5.00

Afternoon: Centre open for Visitors

Songs of Inspiration: Owen C Lynch & friends in Concert
An atmospheric & uplifting evening of sacred & secular music
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages, Tully Road
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Booking Essential: Tickets €20, available through the Heritage Centre
Ph: 045 530672 or
Solas Bhride: Ph: 045 522890


Tuesday, February 2nd

A morning of quiet reflection
Presenters: Solas Bhride Team
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time: 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Brigid’s Bounty
Venue: Boyle’s, Market Square, Kildare town
Time: 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Join sisters Susan and Judith Boyle at this tasting event where we will try a variety of food and drinks inspired by Brigid and the creatures of the earth
Admission: €10
Booking essential: Ph: Judith at 086 8418909

Wednesday, February 3rd

Sacred Dance
An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit
Presenters: Solas Bhride Team
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time: 11.00 a.m.- 12.30 noon
Admission: €8.00

Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture
Weaving a New Vision; caring for all creation
Presenter: Donal Dorr spms
Venue: Kildare Education Centre
Time: 8.00 p.m. – 9.00

Thursday, February 4th

The Joys of Spring
An Interpretative Floral Art Demonstration
Presenter: Enda Thompson Phelan, A.O.I.F.A.
Venue: Solas Bhride
Time: 2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Admission: €10 including tea/coffee

“We Can Never Have Enough of Nature”
Celebrating the Festival of Brigid at Kildare Town Library
Enjoy Readings by Martin Malone , the Wordsmiths Writers Group and others accompanied by music
Venue: Kildare Town Library
Time: 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6th

A Time of Opportunity
Afri Justice and Peace Conference
Full details available here, or on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre

Sunday February 7th

Mass at St. Brigid’s Well
Time: 10.30 a.m.
Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road

Weaving strands of a new vision of creation
Join us as we explore through music, poetry and legend ways in which vision interlaces with life.
Presenter: Solas Bhride Team
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road
Time: 12.00 noon
Admission: €5.00

Enquires re other events at the Feile to The Heritage Centre, Ph: 045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.ie and Solas Bhride Centre email: info@solasbhride.ie
Ph: 045 522890

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