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St Brigid’s Trail

The remarkable story of St Brigid, Ireland’s beloved female patron saint, and her time in Kildare is highlighted throughout the St Brigid’s Trail as you take in some of Kildare Town’s best-known landmarks.

Starting at the Kildare Heritage Centre on Market Square, visitors can watch an audio-visual presentation on St Brigid and her connection to the town. The trail then takes in St Brigid’s Cathedral before heading south toward St Brigid’s Church which was opened by Daniel O’Connell in 1833. The key stop on the trail is Solas Bhríde Centre – a purpose-built center dedicated to the spiritual legacy of St Brigid and its relevance for our time. The final spot on the tour is the ancient St Brigid’s Well on Tully Road, where visitors can while away a peaceful hour.

 

 

St Brigid is believed to have founded a monastery for both men and women in Kildare by pleading with the King of Leinster for some land. Granting St Brigid only the amount of land that the cloak on her back could cover, the legend tells it that a miracle stretched the cloak to cover the entirety of the Kildare flat Curragh Plains. Around the year 453AD, she established her church and monastery close to an oak grove in Kildare, giving the town its name – Cill Dara, church of the oak.

 

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Download a copy of the St Brigid’s Trail tourism map here.