See details of the week long programme for Feile Bride 2011 in Kildare Town, an annual festival celebrating Brigid of Kildare around her feast day on 1st February.

Kildare – January 30th – February 6th 2011

Click on link to download full programme – Feile Bride 2011 Program

Sunday, January 30th

Come to Kildare town, celebrate Brigid and the first stirrings of Spring.

1.00p.m. Kildare – Brigid’s Monastic City

Enjoy a walk around the ancient monastic city of Kildare with Mario Corrigan.

Assemble in the Market Square, at St. Brigid’s Flame.

2.30 – 4.00p.m. Weaving of St. Brigid’s Crosses

A sharing of customs and traditions of  Brigid.

Venue: Áras Bhríde, Kildare Town

Admission: €5.00

Monday, January 31st

7.30 – 9.00pm. Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well

A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.

Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.

Tuesday, February 1st

La Fheile Bride – St. Brigid’s Day

1.00p.m. “Sli Bhride”

The Official Launch of Sli na Slainte

Routes -“Sli Bhride” and “The Hundred Acres” followed by a guided walk of “Sli Bhride” (approximately 4km long)

Assemble: St. Brigid’s Square, (Opposite CYMS Hall) Kildare Town at 12.45 p.m.

2.00 – 4.00p.m. Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

Visitors will have the opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross

Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town

9.00p.m. Night of Traditional Music, Song

Share a song or story with local musicians in the cosy fireside ambience of Top Nolans.

Venue: Top Nolans, Market Square, Kildare Town

Thursday, February 3rd

8.00p.m. Annual Celtic Lecture

“Brigid as portrayed in the Early Lives.”

Hosted by Kildare Education Centre Lecture by Mr. Charles Doherty, UCD.

Venue: Kildare Education Centre

Friday, February 4th

8.00 – 9.00p.m “Gathering around the Hearth”

A wonderful miscellany of music and poetry inspired by Brigid of Kildare and the Curragh Landscape

Hosted by Mai Leonard and Friends

Venue: Áras Bhríde, (Parish Centre)

Admission: €5.00

Saturday, February 5th

1.00p.m. “Seeds of Change”

Afri Justice and Peace Conference

Further details available by email [email protected] or

Sunday, February 6th

10.30a.m. Eucharist at St. Brigid’s Well

Followed by welcome cup of tea/ coffee in Áras Bhríde

12.00 – 1.00p.m. “Awakening New Ways of Hope”

Facilitated by Solas Bhride Team

Venue: Áras Bhríde, Kildare Town

Admission: €5.00

About Feile Bhride

Féile Bríde – Brigid’s Festival is a week- long series of events commencing on the eve of St.Brigid’s Day, the first day of February.

Féile Bríde, incorporates a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with Afri – Action from Ireland, workshops, and a candle lit ritual on Brigid’s Eve at the well. Pilgrimage and a Peace and Justice Conference are core components. The secular and the sacred are intertwined. There is something for everybody. Local school children dramatise the legends of Brigid. Brigid crosses are woven by young and old. The celebration of Eucharist and other creative rituals are conducted in the local churches. The pilgrimage and ritual at St. Brigid’s well on January 31st draws hundreds of people from near and far. The customs associated with Brigid are celebrated. Artists entertain those who come to a feast of poetry, music, song and ceili (Irish dancing.) The exciting growth and success of the Feile has its source in the energy and efforts of the community from which it sprung.

“Since 1993, at the start of every February, I have watched large groups of men and women gather in my home county of Kildare. They come to welcome the beginning of spring.Tthey come to Kildare because it is the home of Brigid, whose feast day is February 1st. Brigid is the goddess of love, poetry, justice in prechristian Ireland, and she is the patron saint of Kildare..

People also come to Kildare at this time, to speak about justice in the world, or lack of it.

There is reflection, talk, music and dance. It is not a big trendy festival, but a gathering of people who want to celebrate the coming of spring, and who want to call Brigids’ qualities into the world, to light a spark for change.

And every year we gather to welcome the light into our world; and to hope that more light will shine in the world; and that someday out of the darkness of war, hunger, greed, poverty, will come the light of community, sharing, justice, music, dance, peace and love.”

(Luka Bloom)

Further Information

Enquiries to: Solas Bhride

Tel: 045 – 522890

E-mail: [email protected]