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Join County Kildare in a Global Pause for Peace

THE POWER OF YOUTH AND THE PROMISE OF PEACE

-YOUNG PEOPLE OF COUNTY KILDARE TO ASK THE WORLD TO PAUSE FOR PEACE ON SAINT BRIGID’S DAY, FEBRUARY 1st 2024-

 

13 secondary schools in County Kildare together with Into Kildare, the Tourism Board for County Kildare and Solas Bhríde Centre & Hermitages have joined forces and launched its second global ‘Pause for Peace’ movement. This extraordinary and powerful activation will take place on the 1st of February 2024, Saint Brigid’s Day when the young people of County Kildare will call on people all around the world to stop for a minute’s silence at 12.00 noon (local time) on the 1st of February 2024. The launch of the Pause for Peace movement took place in Solas Bhríde Centre & Hermitages before the students visited two well known County Kildare tourist attractions, Saint Brigid’s Well in Tully and The Curragh Racecourse.

All the locations the students visited had a connection with the patron saint of Kildare, her holy well in Tully is a place where pilgrims visit and pray for their special intentions while Solas Bhride is a centre of spirituality and embodies the values of Brigid.

Saint Brigid was given her lands at the Curragh from the King of Leinster to build her church; the king had told her she could have as much land as her cloak would cover and miraculously her cloak stretched and grew and covered all the plains.  She built her first church at the edge of the Curragh plains under the shade of an oak tree.

John Hayes who is the Principal of Kildare Town Community School said, “Pause for Peace recognises the dreadful suffering and injustices that are happening all over the world and its objective is to ask people to stop and reflect on how they can promote peace in their own communities and in turn around the world.  70 ‘Peace Ambassadors’ have been selected from 13 different secondary schools located around Co. Kildare and the students are all highly motivated and excited to be involved. The role of the Peace Ambassadors is to promote and speak about the Pause for Peace movement and to be involved in various environmental, sustainable and climate change activations which reflect the cornerstone of the patron saint of County Kildare, Saint Brigid. A renowned peace maker the beloved saint is also known as a protector of nature and is associated with spring and new beginnings.”

The Peace Ambassadors are from Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge, St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Maynooth Post Primary School, Heywood Community School, Maynooth Community College, St. Paul’s Monasterevin, Newbridge College and Kildare Town Community School.

Between 3,500 and 4,000 secondary school students will create a ‘human Saint Brigid’s Cross’ formation on the Curragh Plains on the 1st of February. If successful, the formation will be a world record with the most amount of people coming together to make a living Saint Brigid’s Cross.  The event will be captured from the air with a drone and can be watched on the Into Kildare social media channels.

Join us Feb 1st at 12 Noon for a pause for peace!