St. Brigid of Kildare

St Brigid and Sisterly Solidarity

Solas Bhride celebrates Kildare Derby Festival Week

Talk by Maeve Callan, Ph.D
Bishop Matthew Simpson Endowed Chair of Religion
Chair of the Religion Department
Co-Director of the Interfaith Fellows Program

Information on talk

Born of a king and a slave and raised by a druid, Brigid integrates opposites and stands as the sister of all, regardless of class, ethnicity, or religious affiliation. And yet, Brigid shows particular concern and affection for women, including her sisters in religion. This talk centers Brigid’s sisterly solidarity, exploring her female friendships in her medieval Lives, as it also considers her in relationship to Ireland’s other female saints, especially the three who likewise have medieval biographies: Darerca, Íte, and Samthann

Afternoon Session  Musical Interlude

Musicians:  Síle Denvir - Harp and Vocals,
Caitlín Nic Gabhann - Concertina and Dance
Sheila Friel - Uilleann pipes.
Time:          2.30 p.m.

The afternoon concert sees three fantastic musicians coming together in music, song and dance to celebrate St Brigid.

 

Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Sheila Friel

Síle Denvir

Síle Denvir

Dr Síle Denvir is an interdisciplinary scholar, sean-nós singer and harpist from Indreabhán in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She has a particular interest in Irish-language song and has published two books, Tom a’ tSeoighe: Amhráin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2020) and Ciarán Ó Fátharta: Amhráin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2008), and numerous articles on various aspects of the Irish language song tradition. She has a particular interest in combining her academic and creative work and recent artistic research projects include the production of a series of videos of Tom a’ tSeoighe’s songs (Molscéal, TG4 2020) and a CD/Booklet called Caithréim (Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2016) based on the music and song from the plays of Patrick Pearse. Caithréim was shortlisted by The Irish Times in the highly competitive ‘Best Traditional Album 2016’ category and won an award for best traditional album at Gradam Nós 2017. Síle is also music director for ‘Bláth na hÓige’, an exciting new series that showcases the talents of young sean-nós singers from various Gaeltacht areas. Her most recent album Anamnesis, a recording of sean-nós songs, was released in March 2023 and she was recently named ‘singer of the year’ in the prestigious ‘Gradam Ceoil TG4’ awards.

https://www.siledenvir.com/

Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Concertina player, dancer and composer Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a regular performer nationally and internationally. A former troupe dancer with Riverdance, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and NCH. She has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, and at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall as a guest of President Michael D. Higgins. Her debut solo CD release “Caitlín” was labelled the “top Irish traditional album of 2012” by The Wall Street Journal.
Caitlín is currently concentrating on musical collaborations with the award-winning fiddle player and documentary maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. She is also involved as musician and dancer with bands NicGaviskey, Birkin Tree, The Irish Concertina Ensemble and original theatre production Mag Mell.

https://www.caitlin.ie/

Sheila Friel

Sheila Friel is an uilleann piper from North West Donegal with connections to Glasgow. She enjoys recording, filming and touring along with her sisters in their band The Friel Sisters. They released their self-titled debut album in 2014 and ‘Before the Sun’ in 2017 with a new album to be released this year. The Friel Sisters tour extensively across America and Europe and regularly appear on screen, radio and print. Sheila was the resident piper at the World Fair Expo in 2015 in Milan and featured prominently at the same event in Dubai in 2022 where she enjoyed promoting uilleann piping to an international audience and followed in the footsteps of many great pipers to have played this event since the late 1800s.

http://frielmusic.com/

In 2021 both Síle and Caitlín were commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Traditional Music Archive to compose new music in the traditional idiom to celebrate St Brigid's Day. Caitlín composed both the steps and a tune for a slip jig called St Brigid's Day, while Síle composed a song in Irish called Seo í isteach mo Bhrídeog. Both compositions will be performed as part of the concert.

You may also wish to book the morning conference on Why did St. Brigit choose Kildare? – places may be booked on the Conference page.

Without the sun (at its precise distance from us) there would be no life on earth. Without the tilt of our axis, there would be no seasons. These are the cosmic truths within which we have our life, our breath, our being. All that occurs within the course of a year is but an outworking of this relationship with the light of life.

Hope Horton -Reflections on the Summer Solstice.

The summer solstice invites us to celebrate the nourishing light of the Sun and The Light within each of us.

In ancient Ireland, at this time when the sun was at its most powerful it was considered a sacred time. Our ancestors built monuments (Lugh Gur and Newgrange for example) aligning with the annual phases of the sun. At this mid-summer point, we celebrate and appreciate the nourishment we and planet Earth receive from the sun.

A Celebration of Bealtaine

“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower” - Hans Christian Anderson

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

In our Bealtaine celebration we look forward to welcoming summer and marking May as the month of Mary.

Time:   7.30pm – 8.30pm  |    Admission:  €15   |   In-Person Event  |   Booking Essential

We invite you to join with us as we mark the Spring Equinox, a point of balance in the year’s yearly cycle.

We celebrate the aliveness and vitality that comes with spring.

 

 

Venue:  Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre

Time:   7.30pm – 9.00pm  ‖    Admission:  €15   ‖   In-Person Event  ‖   Booking Essential

Join us over three evenings for reflection, compassion practices and sharing during the Lent:

Thursday, March 14th

“If everything around seems dark, look again, you may be the light.” Rumi

Yeshua says: If they say to you:
‘Where do you come from?’                                
say to them: ‘We come from the Light.

Admission for each session €5.00

'But there is another kind of seeing that involves a letting go. When I see this way, I sway transfixed and emptied.' Annie Dillard

'When the soul awakens all values change. All is seen now from the soul's vantage point.' Sara Sviri

Holy Week is almost upon us. In his book Dreamtime John Moriarty wrote:

'The Triduum Sacrum is a great frontier. And persons undergoing the Triduum Sacrum aren't only a frontier, they are a frontier, of human seeking. They seek not to colonise, rather to be colonised, recolonized by soul, by God. Than that there is no greater adventure.'

We are all- people of all faiths and none- called to be 'frontiers' of Truth, Goodness, Beauty, and Love in our world today.

Join us as we sit together to reflect, meditate, and pray.

 

Join us over three evenings for reflection, compassion practices and sharing during the Lent:

Thursday, March 7th

“If everything around seems dark, look again, you may be the light.” Rumi

Yeshua says: If they say to you:
‘Where do you come from?’                                
say to them: ‘We come from the Light.

Admission for each session €5.00

 

Join us over three evenings for reflection, compassion practices and sharing during the Lent:

Thursday, February 29th 

“If everything around seems dark, look again, you may be the light.” Rumi

Yeshua says: If they say to you:
‘Where do you come from?’                                
say to them: ‘We come from the Light.

Admission for each session €5.00

 

Bring joy and harmony to your mind, body and heart. Easy steps to beautiful music guided by Terry Hennessy and Betty White.

Circle dancing is an ancient tradition common to many cultures.  It formed part of special occasions and rituals.

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.


Bring joy and harmony to your mind, body and heart. Easy steps to beautiful music guided by Terry Hennessy and Betty White.

Circle dancing is an ancient tradition common to many cultures.  It formed part of special occasions and rituals.

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.