The Brigid 1500 Calendar of Events for 2023

Lighting Up Kildare - Tuesday, 31st January and Wednesday, 1st February

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Start Date of Event: 31 January 2023

Light and Fire Walk

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Start Date of Event: 4 February 2023

Eimear Quinn Concert Celebrating Brigid 1500

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Start Date of Event: 5 February 2023

School Planting Day across Kildare National Schools

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Start Date of Event: 31 January 2023

Féile Bríde Week

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Open Mic Night celebrating Féile Bríde - Monday 30th January 7.00pm

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Start Date of Event: 16 January 2023

Candlelight Pilgrimage - Tuesday, 31st January 7.20pm

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Start Date of Event: 31 January 2023

GAA 6th Class Blitz – Wednesday, 1st February 2023

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Cross Weaving Workshop - Wednesday, 1st February

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Brigid 1500 Pause for Peace - Wednesday, 1st February 12 midday

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Customs and Traditions Associated with St Brigid - Wednesday, 1st February

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Ecumenical Service

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Afri Conference

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Start Date of Event: 4 February 2023

Library Events

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Féile Bríde Art Exhibition - THE BOOK OF KILDARE by Josephine Hardiman

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Start Date of Event: 24 February 2023

St. Brigid’s Cross workshops with Beth Murphy of Willow Wonder

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Start Date of Event: 28 February 2023

Open Mic Night celebrating Féile Bríde

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Start Date of Event: 30 January 2023

Go Fly Your Kite

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Start Date of Event: 2 February 2023

Vital Signs: Poems of Illness and Healing

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Start Date of Event: 3 February 2023

Celbridge - St Brigid’s Day – Pre-school Storytime and craft event

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

Maynooth - The story of St. Brigid with storyteller and singer Helena Byrne

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Start Date of Event: 1 February 2023

St. Brigid's Cross making workshop for families with Beth Murphy from Willow Wonder

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Start Date of Event: 3 February 2023

Newbridge - Eco-Etching Workshop with Blueway Art Studio

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Start Date of Event: 2 February 2023

Naas Eco-Etching Workshop with Blueway Art Studio

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Start Date of Event: 31 January 2023

The Brigid 1500 Calendar of Events for 2023

Lighting Up Kildare – Tuesday, 31st January and Wednesday, 1st February

Lighting up Kildare Brigid 1500

Illuminations depicting St Brigid and her legacy and Light Beams at key locations across Kildare. Details of locations and timings coming soon.

Light & Fire Walk - Saturday, 4th February

Light and Fire Walk Brigid 1500

Light & Fire Walk in Kildare Town, starting at 6pm from The Main Square in Kildare Town and lasting approximately one hour.  This powerful and emotive walk is a public event for all to enjoy.  Please arrive early and dress for the weather.  A traffic management system and road closures will be in place.

Eimear Quinn Concert Celebrating Brigid 1500- Sunday, 5th February

Eimear Quinn in concert at St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare Town at 7pm. 

Details of ticket sales coming soon.

School Planting Day across Kildare National Schools – Tuesday, 31st January

As part of Brigid 1500, Kildare County Council is sending cross-pollinating apple trees to participating schools across the county to plant on the eve of St Brigid’s Day on Tuesday, 31st January. Please contact brigid1500@kildarecoco.ie if your school wishes to get involved.

Other Events Include:

Féile Bríde Week

Throughout the first week of February, the public can view the reimagined Brigid pages from the lost Book of Kildare at Solas Bhríde. The artwork has been created by local Artist and Calligrapher Josephine Hardiman.  No booking necessary. Solas Bhríde is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm and by appointment on Saturdays. 

Open Mic Night celebrating Féile Bríde - Monday 30th January 7.00pm

A collaborative literary event between Seanchaí Book Shop and Kildare Town Library, celebrating local poets, writers and artists who find inspiration in the symbols, customs and folklore surrounding Brigid.

No booking required but please arrive early to Seanchaí Book Shop, Claregate Street, Kildare Town R51 PA40

Candlelight Pilgrimage - Tuesday, 31st January 7.20pm

Candlelight Pilgrimage from The Irish National Stud Carpark at 7.20pm (no pre-booking required).  This magical walk starts at The Irish National Stud, located outside of Kildare Town and makes it way past St. Brigid’s Wayside Well where there will be a short ritual, continuing mindfully and concluding with a closing ritual at St. Brigid’s Garden Well.  The walk will conclude at approximately 9pm. Walkers are advised to dress for the weather and bring a torch or lantern to accompany them on the pilgrimage.

GAA 6th Class Blitz – Wednesday, 1st February 2023 

Brigid 1500 has teamed up with the GAA to create this special one-day blitz for 6th class pupils across Kildare.

Cross Weaving Workshop - Wednesday, 1st February 

A cross weaving workshop takes place at 10am at Solas Bhríde in Kildare Town.  Learn the craft of weaving a St Brigid’s Cross from the experts.  This workshop lasts approximately 1 and a half hours and is bookable at www.solasbhride.ie.

Brigid 1500 Pause for Peace - Wednesday, 1st February 12 midday

Brigid 1500 Pause for Peace across the world at 12 midday, starting in Australia and rolling around the globe. 

St. Brigid of Kildare and the abbesses who succeeded her were renowned as peacemakers in early Ireland. We invite you to join with us in a Pause for Peace wherever you are.

Customs and Traditions Associated with St Brigid - Wednesday, 1st February

Customs and Traditions Associated with St Brigid takes place at Solas Bhríde from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Gleaning wisdom from old customs and traditions to live more fully and sustainably while turning toward a future of greater well-being for ourselves and Planet Earth. This event takes the audience through some of the customs and traditions, where you will discover the spirit of St Brigid and her relationship with our ancestors through story, music, poetry, and creative activity.

This event runs from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Solas Bhríde in Kildare Town and costs €15 pp.  Book your ticket now at www.solasbhride.ie.

Ecumenical Service - Wednesday, 1st February 

Ecumenical Service at 7pm in St Brigid’s Parish Church in Kildare Town.

Afri Conference - Saturday, 4th February

Afri Peace Conference at Solas Bhríde.  Tickets are bookable at www.afri.ie.

Library Events

Library events will take place across Kildare, including talks, craft workshops, reading events and more for all ages. The below list of library events will be updated as more events are confirmed, so please check back again soon.   

Kildare Town

Féile Bríde Art Exhibition - THE BOOK OF KILDARE by Josephine Hardiman.

From Tuesday 24th January to end February 2023.

The Book of Kildare is a project which began in 2016, with local artist and calligrapher, Josephine Hardiman recreating the Book of Kildare using her own interpretation and artistic talents. New and current pages will be on display in the library. It will be completed and published to celebrate Brigid 1500 in 2024.

No booking required.

Enquiries to Kildare Library: Phone 045 520235 or email kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie.

St. Brigid’s Cross workshops with Beth Murphy of Willow Wonder

Saturday 28th January 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Come along and make your own St Brigid’s Cross under the expert eye of Beth and Kildare Town Library staff.

No booking required – places allocated in the library throughout the morning.

Open Mic Night celebrating Féile Bríde

Monday 30th January 7.00pm

A collaborative literary event between Seanchaí Book Shop and Kildare Town Library, celebrating local poets, writers and artists who find inspiration in the symbols, customs and folklore surrounding Brigid.

No booking required but please come early for tea/coffee to Seanchaí Book Shop, Claregate Street, Kildare Town R51 PA40.

Go Fly Your Kite

Thursday morning 2nd February

3 workshops making celebratory St Brigid’s Day Kites on Thursday 2nd February with Glenn Heasley. Booking for Kildare Town schools through Kildare Town Library: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie / Phone: 045 520235.

Vital Signs: Poems of Illness and Healing


Kildare Town Library, Friday 3rd February 7pm

A Lecture and Poetry Reading by Martin Dyar with music and song by Treasa Harkin and Mairéad Carroll.

Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, County Mayo. His first book of poems Maiden Names (Arlen House) was a books of the year selection in the Guardian and the Irish Times, and was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize. He has been the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and the Strokestown International Poetry Award. With the composer Ryan Molloy, he has written a poetry song cycle, for soprano, harp and flute, titled Buaine na Gaoithe, which had an Irish national tour in 2018. He has held creative writing fellowships at the University of Iowa, the Washington Ireland Programme, and at the University of Limerick. He is the editor of the new anthology Vital Signs: Poems of Illness and Healing, published by Poetry Ireland. His next book of poems, The Meek, is forthcoming from Wake Forest University Press. He teaches in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.

Celbridge

St Brigid’s Day – Pre-school Storytime and craft event

Wednesday 1st February 10am – 10.45am.

Celbridge Library

To celebrate this patron saint and historical goddess on this special day of St Brigid, come along to this specially themed storytime and craft morning for pre-schoolers in Celbridge Library. All welcome but booking is required. 

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/celbridgecommunitylibrary/830322

Maynooth

The story of St. Brigid with storyteller and singer Helena Byrne

Maynooth Library Wednesday 1ST February 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

For ages 7+

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Please book here:  https://buytickets.at/maynoothlibrary/827044.

St. Brigid's Cross making workshop for families with Beth Murphy from Willow Wonder

Maynooth Community Library Friday 3rd February 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Join Beth Murphy from Willow Wonder for this Family Friendly workshop where you can learn how to make a St. Brigid's cross from rushes. Spaces are limited. Please book here: https://buytickets.at/maynoothlibrary/828011.   

Children must be accompanied by a parent /guardian.

Newbridge

Eco-Etching Workshop with Blueway Art Studio

To celebrate Brigid 1500, matron saint of printing, join Angelina of Blueway Art Studio for an eco-etching workshop. During this 2hr long workshop, participants will learn etching (drypoint) skills on recycled CDs or TetraPak, creating postcards or mini prints. Suitable for ages 8+.  


Newbridge Library Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm
Book A Tickethttps://buytickets.at/newbridgelibrary/822753

Naas

Eco-Etching Workshop with Blueway Art Studio

To celebrate Brigid 1500, matron saint of printing, join Angelina of Blueway Art Studio for an eco-etching workshop. During this 2hr long workshop, participants will learn etching (drypoint) skills on recycled CDs or TetraPak, creating postcards or mini prints. Suitable for ages 8+.  

Naas Library: Tuesday 31st January at 4pm Ages: 8+
Book Here: https://buytickets.at/naaslibrary/822556

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