This St Brigid’s Day take the family outdoors and celebrate one of our Patron Saints with a walk on Kildare’s St Brigid’s Trail. The St Brigid’s Trail follows the footsteps of one of our best loved saints through the town of Kildare, where walkers can explore this mythical route and discover the legacy of St Brigid.
Beginning at the Kildare Heritage Centre on Market Square, visitors can watch an audio-visual presentation on St Brigid and her connection to the town before continuing on to St Brigid’s Cathedral and St Brigid’s Church which was opened by Daniel O’Connell in 1833.
The key stop on the trail is Solas Bhride Centre – a purpose-built centre dedicated to the spiritual legacy of St Brigid. Here visitors can explore the history of St. Brigid and her work in Kildare. Solas Bhride hold a wonderful week long Feile Bhride (Festival of Brigid) celebration in Kildare town every year and this year the events will be held virtually. For information visit: www.solasbhride.ie
The final spot on the tour is the ancient St Brigid’s Well on Tully Road, where visitors can enjoy a peaceful hour in the company of Kildare’s most famous water well.
St Brigid founded a monastery for both men and women in Kildare in 470AD 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 entire of the Kildare flat Curragh Plains. St Brigid’s Day traditionally marks the first day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and has been celebrated by Christians all over the world for many centuries.
Irish missionaries and migrants carried her name and spirit across the world. Today, pilgrims and visitors come to Kildare from all over the world seeking to walk in Brigid’s footsteps.
Saint Brigid’s Blessing
“May Brigid bless the house wherein we dwell.
Bless every fireside, every wall and door.
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.
Bless every hand that toils to bring its joy.
Bless every foot that walks portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters us.”