Festival of St. Brigid – Feile Bride 2013

Feile Bride, Kildare Town, January 27th – February 3rd, 2013

“Gathering around the Hearth”

Come to Kildare town, in this the year of The Gathering and celebrate Brigid and the first stirrings of Spring.


Sunday, January 27th

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

Assemble in the Market Square at St. Brigid’s Flame for a guided walk, revisiting the ancient monastic sites of Kildare.


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

A sharing of customs and traditions of Brigid.

Workshop: Facilitated by Solas Bhride Team

Venue: Aras Bhride, (Parish Centre) Kildare Town

Admission: €5


Tuesday, January 29th

4.00 p.m Sli Bhride – Brigid’s Way

Launch of a new Pilgrimage walk from St. Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Co. Louth to St. Brigid’s Monastic City, Kildare town.

Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town


8.00 p.m. Annual Celtic Lecture

“Patrick, Brigid, Columcille – an inspiration for our time”.

Lecture by folklorist Padraigin Clancy, graduate in Irish Folklore and History from National University of Ireland. Padraign conducts workshops on Celtic Christian Spirituality.

Venue: Aras Bhride, Kildare

Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre


Thursday, January 31st

7.20-9.30 p.m. Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well

A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime. If you wish bring a light/lantern

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

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

1.00 p.m. A Walk on the Curragh Plains

A glimpse into the living life on Brigid’s pastures!

Assemble: 12.45 in the Market Square

Cost €10.00 includes ticket for bus.

Booking essential: Tickets available through the Heritage Centre 045 530672


1.00 – 4.00 p.m. Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses

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

Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town


4.00 p.m. Launch of the Gathering Celebration for Kildare

Venue: Owens Cottage, Tully, Kildare Town


Saturday, February 2nd

Afri Justice and Peace Conference

Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie for detailed information.

Venue: Irish National Stud, Tully Road, Kildare Town


2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Craft Fair

Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town


Sunday, February 3rd

10.30 Mass at St. Brigid’s Well

Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in the Parish Centre


12.00 – 1.30 “Awakening to our Universe Story.”

Workshop facilitated by Solas Bhride Team

Venue: Aras Bhride, Kildare Town

Admission: €5.00


2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Craft Fair

Venue: Heritage Centre, Kildare Town

Traditional Irish Music at various venues in Kildare town during the week.