Today, Wednesday 1st February 2023, is St. Brigid's Day
Saint Brigid of Kildare (Irish: Naomh Bríd; is one of Ireland's three national saints along with Patrick and Columba.
Saint Brigid was an abbess who founded the important abbey of Kildare (Cill Dara) as well as several other convents of nuns.
It is said that Brigid was the daughter of a chieftain and a slave woman, and was raised in a druid's household. In her honour, a perpetual fire was kept burning at Kildare for centuries.
St. Brigid's Day (Lá Fhéile Bríde) is celebrated on February 1st and it involves weaving Brigid's crosses.
The St Brigid Cross has become the symbol of St. Brigid.
St. Brigid was the first abbess of Kildare and she founded a convent and a monastery in Kildare Town.
Today, Wednesday 1st February 2023, is St. Brigid's Day and Monday 6th February is a Bank Holiday in Ireland.
The bank holiday will take place on the Monday closest to February 1st each year, except if it falls on a Friday, in which case that Friday will be the public holiday.
St Brigid’s Cathedral, located in Kildare town, is the site most associated with St. Brigid.
Read more about St. Brigid's Cathedral
Brigid died in the year 524 and Brigid 1500 has been set up by Kildare County Council to honour the saint.
Brigid 1500 is a programme of events, to celebrate and commemorate St. Brigid, the woman, the life and the legacy in a broad and rich way - www.brigid1500.ie
Solas Bhríde have organised events and activities as a tribute to their native St Brigid and are part of Brigid 1500 Celebrating A Woman, A Life, A Legacy, which will be marked in 2024
Solas Bhríde is a Christian Spirituality Centre which welcomes people of all faiths and of no faith.
View more information on the Solas Bhríde
Into Kildare is the tourist body for County Kildare and more information about tourism and events for the Saint Brigids Day Celebrations can be found on the Into Kildare Website
More information on events and activities for St. Brigid's Day can be found on the brigid1500.ie website
The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups is a voluntary body formed in 1999 in order to exchange ideas, share information and raise awareness of local history groups and their activities within County Kildare.
View more information on Saint Brigid, second only to St Patrick in the esteem of the Irish people, on the County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups website?