St. Brigid of Kildare

June 15th Walking in the Footsteps of St. Brigid – An International Pilgrimage

A special welcome to all overseas pilgrims/visitors.

Pilgrimage is a gentle invitation to spend time in reflection, to visit sites with a long spiritual heritage, to slow the pace and feed the spirit. R. Minehan, Rekindling the Flame Revised Edition,

Venue:  Assemble at Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare town

Cost:     €10.00 (incl. of light lunch)

Kildare is the homecoming for all who wish to walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid. Increasing numbers of visitors/pilgrims from all over the world are drawn to Kildare to walk the sites associated with St. Brigid

“In her femininity, Brigid inclusively embraces many kinds of cross-currents, some of them apparently contradictory, the ancient and the new, the pagan and the Christian, the animal and the human, the rich and the poor – and from this it is clear that her ample cloak can accommodate all kinds of apparently irreconcilable differences.” B. Monaghan as quoted in Rekindling the Flame p Rita Minehan csb.

Come! Be part of the unfolding legacy of St. Brigid.  A warm welcome awaits you in Kildare.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Edel Bhreatneach

Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare town

Time:  TBC

Further details to follow

Edel Bhreathnach is a medieval historian with a particular interest in interdisciplinary studies that connect archaeology, history and literature. She was CEO of The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland (2013-2019) and is a former Visiting Fellow to All Souls College Oxford (2016). She has worked on large-scale projects relating to Tara, Co. Meath, on the history of the Franciscans in Ireland, and on monasticism in Ireland from the tenth to the thirteenth century. She has published widely on these subjects including her volume Ireland in the medieval world 400-1000AD: landscape, kingship and religion (2019). She co-edited Monastic Europe: communities, landscapes and settlements (2019). Her volume Monasticism in Ireland, AD900-1250 is currently in press.


Musical Concert of Celebration
For St. Brigid’s Day 2021 the Department of Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, commissioned performers to create new compositions in the traditional idiom. Two of the performers who created unique pieces will perform in this afternoon’s concert.
Caitlín Nic Gabhann, dancer and concertina player, has a slip jig dance dedicated to St. Brigid’s Day, along with original music
Sile Denvir, singer and harpist, composed a song in Irish called Seo í isteach mo Bhrídeog. Recently, she was honoured with the title Amhránaí na Bliana (Singer of the Year) at the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards.

Further details to follow

Solas Bhride receives Special Award

Solas Bhride was honoured to receive a special award from County Kildare Chamber on Friday, November 17th at the Kildare Business Awards 2023.

The award was presented to Solas Bhríde Community for their contribution in keeping alive the legacy of St. Brigid of Kildare. David Mongey, Chairperson of Into Kildare (Kildare Tourism Board) presented the award. “This award is timely as we are on the cusp of marking the 1500th anniversary of the death of St. Brigid. I want to acknowledge Solas Bhríde’s contribution in promoting and sharing the legacy of  St.Brigid to pilgrims and visitors from all over the world for the past 30 years.” Sr. Rita thanked the County Kildare Chamber for honouring Solas Bhríde with the award. 

The Solas Bhride team and Board members had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Awards event.

Geraldine Moore and Rita with Into Kildare
Alan Shine CEO County Kildare Chamber with Rita Michael and Treasa
Board Members
Michael Joyce, Rita Minehan, David Mongey-Mongey-Communications, Jim and Marguerite Kavanagh
Geraldine Moore, Phil OShea, Rita Minehan

Facilitators:  Dr. Azelina Flint and Brian Baker

Women’s iconography in the 21st Century seeks to both promote the work of female iconography and to foster interfaith dialogue by leading public workshops creating icons of women from a variety of religious and secular backgrounds.

Participants will be guided by artist Brian Baker who has created a method of art-making inspired by the icon making process.

Dr. Azelina Flint is Assistant Lecturer in English at Maynooth University.

Venue:  Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town

Time:  1.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Admission: €10.00 – includes light lunch and cost of art materials

Places limited to 20



Dr Azelina Flint (Maynooth University) and Dr Brian Baker (Lancaster University) will host an image-making workshop inspired by the ancient artform of iconography at the Solas Bhríde Centre on 17th February 2024. The workshop is part of a larger programme of events hosted by the Contemporary Women Icons AHRC-funded Research Project, which raises awareness of women’s understudied accomplishments in the ancient sacred art practice of Orthodox iconography and supports local community groups in creating icons of overlooked, or obscured, women from their own communities. In the workshop, delegates will draw on the techniques, rituals, and theories of iconography to create images of early Celtic women as part of the year-long Brigid 1500 celebrations. During this interfaith event, we will discuss how to expand the visibility of Celtic women in sacred art, as well as the ways in which they straddle the two definitions of an “icon” as a devotional image and a celebrated person who is a symbol for a wider community. Together, we will explore how sacred art can portray spiritual encounters with female icons from our communities and discuss how we might expand the representation of women in Christian worship. Through welcoming delegates of all faiths and none, we hope to foster dialogue about how images, rituals, and female icons, have enriched our lives with a focus on the things we share.

The price of the ticket includes lunch and refreshments at 12 midday and the cost of art materials.

 Dr Azelina Flint is a specialist in women’s writing and creative practice whose research explores the relationship between female faith communities and feminist advocacy. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century British and American women’s writing. Her creative practice encompasses poetry, memoir and the reflective essay and is primarily concerned with how contemporary creative writing is shaped by our engagement with the writers and artists who inspire us, especially forgotten women in history. She teaches at Maynooth University.

Dr Brian Baker teaches literature, film and creative writing at Lancaster University and lives in North Wales. In 2019 he decided to return to art-making and gained an MA in Art Practice from Wrexham Glyndwr University to add to his PhD in dystopian fiction from the University of Liverpool. He is a member of the Troiica art group. His first collection of visual poems, Argo-0, was published by Steel Incisors Pres in 2022.


Join us in a global Pause for Peace. Time: 12.00 local time – St. Brigid’s day, February 1st.

The Pause for Peace movement invites people from around the world to stop and pause for 1 minute’s silence/reflection at 12 o’clock local time on St. Brigid’s day, February 1st.

The global Pause for Peace movement was Launched jointly by Solas Bhride Centre and Into Kildare – Kildare Tourism Board, at Solas Bhride Centre on January 12th 2023.


“By pausing for peace, we send out a message that we actively oppose warfare and the proliferation of arms, which wreak havoc on human beings as well as on the natural world. This movement aims to awaken and build a spirit of global solidarity in our search for peace. It would be a fitting tribute to Saint Brigid and to all our ancestors if it were marked with a Pause for Peace on her feast-day, February 1st each year.”

Rita Minehan csb at the Launch of the Pause for Peace Movement in January 2023.

“This new Pause for Peace movement is a unique event which breaks new ground in recognising the cultural and historical importance of St. Brigid beyond boundaries and aims to form a spirit of solidarity and peace in societies all over the globe.” 

President Michael D. Higgin, February 2023

Join us for an electrifying St. Brigid’s Day celebration as Altan perform with the RTE Concert Orchestra – Beidh sé ar dóigh!

Venue; St. Brigid’s Cathedral
Time. 8.30 p.m.
Booking through Eventbrite

Price: €38.50

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Following on the successful launch of  ‘The Book of Kildare’ at Kildare Town Library on Sunday, 28th January, Kildare Artist/Calligrapher, Josephine Hardiman will give a presentation on the inspiration behind her unique project, and the journey that brought it to completion.

Presenter:        Josephine Hardiman
Venue;             Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road

Admission:      €5.00 (incl of tea/coffee)

Using her own interpretation of the long-lost ‘Book of Kildare’, drawing inspiration from our ancient manuscripts, Josephine has created a colourful and vibrant, hand-painted, calligraphic modern-day manuscript. Featuring Brigid of Kildare, and Kildare’s rich heritage, from ancient to modern times, it is an heirloom work of art that will be cherished by generations to come.

After the presentation, Josephine will be available to sign copies of ‘The Book of Kildare’.

“Eucharist means embracing difference, respecting the integrity of every living being and rejoicing in communion.” Hugh O’Donnell: Eucharist and the Living Earth.

Time: 10.30 a.m.  

Venue;  St. Brigid’s Well

Follow in the footsteps of St. Brigid and our ancestors as we gather at this sacred site to give thanks, to seek healing and be at one with the Divine Mystery at the heart of the Universe.

Come enjoy the sharing of story and learn how you too can be part of continuing the legacy of St. Brigid.

Presenters:  Brenda Kindregan, Margaret Walsh

There are many customs and traditions associated with St. Brigid and Imbolc on February  1st.


These continue to be observed in many parts of the country and internationally. Brenda and Margaret will share with us on the traditions associated with the making of St. Brigid’s crosses, the Brat Bhríde, and the Brídeóg.  They will explore with us how these traditions carry values that are still relevant for our world today. Come enjoy the sharing of story and learn how you too can be part of continuing the legacy of St. Brigid.

Sacred Dance

Come and experience the joy of dancing together as we celebrate St. Brigid: A Woman, A Life, A Legacy. Bring joy and harmony to your heart at this Springtime of the year.

Presenters:   Terry Hennessy, Betty White


Join Terry and Betty for an enriching experience of circle dance.  They will lead you in simple dance steps to beautiful music. It is a type of dance where anyone can join in. It is inclusive, enjoyable, and FUN.

Sacred dance helps bring about harmony between body, mind and spirit and creates a real sense of belonging and a feeling of togetherness. Dancing in a circle to beautiful music helps to develop a sense of community and offers moments of stillness, peace and healing for ourselves, our families, and our planet.