St Brigid’s Festival looks at building bridges and challenging conventions

The annual St Brigid’s Festival will take place at Faughart from Wednesday 29 January to Sunday 2 February.

The theme of the festival 2014 is “Brigid – Building Bridges, Challenging Conventions”.

It will include Brigid’s Jig Circle Dance Workshop with Stephanie O’Hanlon.

Stephanie will lead participants through an evening of celebration with movement, music and meditation, as they light Brigid’s Flame on the opening night. oVenue : Outcomers Centre, Roden Pace, Dundalk between 7.30pm -9pm. Cost : €10.

On Thursday 30 January there will be a St Brigid’s Cross Making workshop for schoolchildren. St. Brigid’s Cross Making Workshop for School Children

On Friday there will be the St Brigid’s Cross Making Workshops for adults. The St Brigid’s Cross is strongly associated with St Brigid in Irish folk culture. Making the crosses from fresh rushes and other materials such as straw was a widely practiced tradition throughout many parts of Ireland for centuries.

A Day of Healing will also take place on Friday 31 January with healers from different modalities.

You are invited to drop in to the Outcomers Centre on Friday afternoon, and to avail of a healing session at Brigid’s special time.

Venue : Outcomers Centre, Roden Place, 1pm – 6.00pm. Donation to festival fund appreciated.

No booking required.

“Cosmic Brigid” Talk with Kate Fitzpatrick will also take place on Friday.

This talk will trace the different roles Brigid has had in the mythic history of Ireland.

The presentation will include music and song and time for reflection as well as a discussion to pose questions and tease out the concepts presented.

Venue : The Magnet Pastoral Centre, Demesne Road, Dundalk, – Cost : €15. Book online.

Saturday 1 February sees a talk by Dolores Whelan.

This talk offers an opportunity to explore the stories associated with Brigid. Venue: The Magnet Pastoral Centre, Demesne Road, Dundalk, – Cost: €15.

Sunday 2 February will see the Pilgrimage Walk to Faughart Shrine. The pilgrimage walk from Dundalk to Faughart will follow one of the ancient pilgrimage routes used by local people for hundreds of years, when they walked out to Faughart to celebrate St Brigid’s Feast.


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