See details of the week long programme for Feile Bride 2012 in Kildare Town, an annual festival celebrating Brigid of Kildare around her feast day on 1st February.

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

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

  • Kildare – Monastic City
    A gentle walk around the ancient monastic city of Kildare with Mario Corrigan
    Assemble in the Market Square, at St. Brigid’s Flame.
    Time: 1: 00 p.m
  • Weaving of St. Brigid’s Crosses
    Customs and traditions of Brigid shared
    Venue: Aras Bhride, Kildare Town
    Time: 2.00 p.m.- 4.00 p.m.
    Admission: €5.00

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

  • A gentle pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
    Assemble at 7.20 p.m. at Japanese Gardens’ car park.
    Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well
    Time: 7.30 – 9.00

 

Wednesday, February 1st, La Fheile Bride – St. Brigid’s Day

  • A walk on the Curragh Plains with Nuala Madigan, Education Officer with Irish Peatland Conservation Council.
    Walk will include a guided tour of the Japanese Gardens
    Time: 12.40 – 4.00 p.m.
    Tickets: €10 (includes bus fare). Limited number available, booking advisable.
  • Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
    Time: 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
    Visitors will have the opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross
    Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town
  • Night of Traditional Music and Song
    Time: 8.30 – 11.00
    Venue: Cunningham’s, Kildare Town

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

  • Annual Celtic Lecture: – “Ancient Wisdom for new times”
    Hosted by Kildare Education Centre
    Lecture by Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal
    Time: 8.00 p.m.
    Venue: Kildare Education Centre, Booking via: www.eckildare.ie

Saturday, February 4th

  • Afri Justice and Peace Conference
    Conference Theme: “Fire and Food”
    Time: 1.00 – 6.00 p.m.
    email: afri@iol.ie or www.afri.ie
  • Ceol and session with a Latin American flavour
    Time: 8.30p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Sunday, February 5th

  • Mass at St. Brigid’s Well
    Time: 10.30 a.m.
    Followed by welcome cup of Tea/ Coffee in Aras Bhride
  • Workshop: “Wisdom springs from Ancient Wells”
    Time: 12.00 – 1.00 p.m.
    Venue: Aras Bhride, Kildare Town
    Admission: €5.00

About Feile Bríde

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)