The tower at the top of the hill was immersed in the flame of St Brigid on the eve of St Brigid’s Day to symbolise light for spring and the year ahead. It emitted a beam to the tallest point in Kildare, Cupidstown Hill. Both points will be illuminated again on 1st February from 6pm.
Due to restrictions, there is 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 with the video below.
This year, Into Kildare would like to invite members of the community to join us in lighting up the sky in honour of St. Brigid.
Connect with the flame by lighting a candle at 8pm each evening and celebrate St Brigid and the beginning of spring. Share your images using the hashtag #LightUpKildare to be in with a chance to win a €50 Gift Card from Whitewater Shopping Centre.
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The annual Féile Bhríde which takes place with Solas Bhride, Kildare town will this year celebrate both virtually and in person with a series of events including meditations, talks and online gatherings. For more information on events taking place for Féile Bríde and other events celebrating St. Brigid in County Kildare visit our events page.
Enjoy the outdoors and explore the St Brigid’s Trail following the footsteps of one of our best loved saints. The route will take you through the town of Kildare, where walkers can explore this mythical route and discover the legacy of St Brigid.
As you pass the Heritage Centre in Kildare town, watch out for a gazebo which will have a table with a few items to take away including some daffodil plants, rushes for St Brigid’s Crosses cd’s of a guided tour of the town and more. This will be unmanned so it is asked that each person takes only one of each item. Organised by Kildare Town Heritage Centre, in conjunction with Kildare Town Tidy Towns, Healthy Ireland Project and the Community Garden.
On Brigid’s Day, 1st February, the Herstory Light Show will journey to Brigid’s home county Kildare! A pop-up light show will tour the county all evening, illuminating more local landmarks with art of Brigid by artists Bernie Sexton, Non Waters, Courtney Davis and Jim Fitzpatrick.
“Herstory is thrilled to co-create this spectacular light show with Kildare County Council. My mother and grandmother hail from Athy so my heart is always drawn to Kildare and the wonders of Brigid,” says Herstory CEO & Creative Director Melanie Lynch. “I’m particularly inspired by the fact that she was an abbess who co-founded a double monastery where men and women practiced their faith equally. 1500 years later and modern Ireland is still catching up with St. Brigid. What an icon for our times!”
Please see list of locations and times below:
All events are free and open to the public
5.30 – 6.30pm: Kilkea Castle
5.30 – 9.30pm: St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare
9.30 – 10.30pm: Newbridge Town Hall
11.30 – 00.00pm: The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip