Into Kildare has lined up a series of events and celebrations to mark St Brigid’s Day on February 1st. Among the highlights of ‘Feile Bhride’ in Kildare will be the lighting of the Hill of Allen on January 31st, when the tower at the top of the hill will be immersed in a white light to symbolise hope for the new year.
This is the first time that the Hill of Allen will be illuminated, the lighting up will take place from 6pm to Midnight on the 31st January to mark the ‘eve’ of St Brigid’s Day and will remain lit up on 1st February.
Due to restrictions, there will be no access on the evening to ensure public safety and comply with Government guidelines. However, members of the public can view the ‘lighting up’ from their own homes or by logging onto Into Kildare’s Facebook page here.
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Virtual St Brigid’s Day Events
A number of other virtual events and activities are also planned from walks on St Brigid’s Trail and exciting ‘Feile Bhride’ (Festival of St. Brigid) on-line activities, that are set to see the people of Kildare and beyond celebrate and honour Ireland’s much loved Patron Saint.
Other events lined up include a competition for children to make a St Brigid’s cross (out of whatever materials they can). Prizes for under 10s and over 10 yrs include vouchers for Whitewater Shopping Centre and family passes to Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park! For more details on how to enter CLICK HERE.
St Brigid’s Day Traditions
St Brigid’s Day traditionally marks the first day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and has been celebrated by Christians all over the world for many centuries. The much adored Kildare patron saint was born in 5th century, where she built a monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470AD; pioneering monastic life in Ireland. Irish missionaries and migrants carried her name and spirit across the world and today, pilgrims and visitors come to Kildare from all over the world seeking to walk in Brigid’s footsteps.
“Kildare has a deep-rooted connection with St Brigid which dates back many centuries, so it is fitting that we mark and honour the great work she did for the people of Kildare and indeed, Ireland. We are very excited this year to instil an air of hope and possibility to the people of Kildare with the lighting up of the Hill of Allen and to mark the positivity of the people of our county after what has been a difficult year for us all. We hope people will watch the illumination virtually and safely from their homes and see it as a beacon of hope for the year ahead” Aine Mangan, CEO Kildare Fáilte.