National public holiday announced to honour patron saint just days before Kildare’s biggest-ever celebrations for St Brigid’s Day
Into Kildare, the tourism body representing the Kildare region has welcomed the news St Brigid’s Day has been confirmed as a national public holiday from 2023 just days ahead of their biggest celebrations to honour their much-loved patron saint.
A host of events and activities organised by Into Kildare and Solas Bhríde will take place as a tribute to their native St Brigid next weekend, with the tourism body planning to illuminate the Hill of Allen for a second time on the eve of St Brigid’s Day, January 31st.
In addition to this, Into Kildare has announced that Leinster House will also be immersed in bright light in addition to a number of other businesses and local authority buildings across the county.
Speaking following the announcement today, Into Kildare Chairman David Mongey said that the introduction of St Brigid’s Day as a national public holiday was “a historic day for Kildare” and would be whole-heartedly welcomed by towns and communities across the county:
He said: “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 have been calling for this for a while now and it is brilliant to see it come to fruition just days before this year’s celebrations, which will now become especially significant given that they will be the last ones prior to St Brigid’s Day becoming a national public holiday next year.”
Into Kildare CEO Áine Mangan echoed Mr Mongey’s comments and added it would provide a boost to the county’s tourism economy
“We are delighted St Brigid’s Day has been recognised as a public holiday from 2023. Not only will this allow people to fully immerse themselves in what is a significant day of celebration for the people of Kildare, an additional bank holiday weekend will also provide a much-needed boost for the local tourism and hospitality industry during shoulder season which will have a positive economic impact all across the county.
“We are very excited this year to instil an air of hope and positivity to the people of Kildare lighting up of the Hill of Allen once again to mark the resilience and comradery of the people of our county after what has been a difficult couple of years for us all. We hope people will watch the illumination virtually and join us by lighting their own candle as a beacon of hope for the year ahead,” Ms Mangan concluded
The illumination of the Hill of Allen for the second time ever as part of this year’s festivities will see the historic landmark emit a bright light from Monday evening January 31st on the eve of St Brigid’s Day for a number of hours and will remain lit until midnight and will once again light up from 6pm on February 1st until midnight.
Due to restrictions, there is no access on the evening to ensure public safety.
Members of the public will also be able to view the ‘lighting up’ from their own homes or by logging onto Into Kildare’s Facebook page or visiting the website – www.intokildare.ie
A series of family and child friendly orientated events will also take place, in addition to a children’s colouring competition which invites children to create their own version of St Brigid’s cloak.
Keep up to date with all the latest information on St Brigid’s Day and all associated events and activities by visiting the Into Kildare website – www.intokildare.ie