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Into Kildare promoted St. Brigid’s Day in the UK

Into Kildare, the Kildare Tourism board led a delegation from County Kildare to Britain to promote the county in the UK on St. Brigid’s Day and to connect with the Irish diaspora living in London. The delegation included David Mongey, the Chairman of Into Kildare, Áine Mangan, CEO of Into Kildare, Chloe Kimmins, Into Kildare and Alan Dunny, Director of Services at Kildare County Council.

The visit began with a service at St. Bride’s Church and the Irish chaplaincy in London, the church is known as the ‘journalist’s church’ and is based on Fleet Street.  In 2023 Into Kildare presented a specially commissioned piece of art to the church which is proudly on display at St. Bride’s. This year, Into Kildare presented Lord Guy Black, the Master of the Guild of St. Bride with a handcrafted, Newbridge Silverware St. Brigid’s cross lapel pin.

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St. Bride’s Church

 

Later that afternoon the delegation went to a reception in the Palace of Westminster which was hosted by Conor McGinn MP and David Mongey where a moment’s silence was observed at 12.00 noon.  The minute’s silence was part of the global Pause for Peace movement which is a collaboration with Into Kildare and Solas Bhride. The Pause for Peace movement was inspired by the legacy of St. Brigid, a renowned peace maker and protector of the natural world.

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 Brigids Day Westminster

 

The busy day concluded with a reception at the Irish Embassy in London where Áine Mangan made a presentation to the high-profile audience about the life and legacy of St. Brigid.

She also highlighted some of the key cultural and historical places of interest in the county and spoke about some of the key destinations and attractions in Kildare which visitors from the UK might like to experience. Into Kildare also sponsored a special prize on the night which was a VIP trip to County Kildare including flights, accommodation, and a host of unique Kildare experiences.