Kyrie Murray demonstrating how to make a Saint Brigid’s Cross. Photo: Emilie Gustaffson

Bringing Brigid to life through art, music, and poetry

Navan’s first St Brigid’s event to celebrate Ireland's only female patron saint will take place on bank holiday Monday, 5th February.

Féile na bPáistí in association with Navamba Samba have organised a family friendly event in Old Cornmarket, from 11am to 5pm.The first hour (11.15am-12.15pm) will be sensory friendly.

This is Navan’s inaugural St Brigid’s event and throughout the day there will be a Makers’ Market along with musical performances from poets, a local choirs and musicians; adult and children’s workshops, storytelling and the grand finale will be a short parade which starts from the Fair Green at 4pm.

Taking part in the market are many artists and craftworkers. The market opens at 11am and runs until 3.30pm. There will be free performances from local musicians — Echo Gate, Toby Cregan and Elena Duff as well as Navan Women’s Choir, and Honor Duff, Ciara Crawford and Kyrie Murray will read some of their poems. Fatima Alvarez will entertain the audience with storytelling during the day and Dance Mania will also be performing.

Free workshops include St Brigid Cross making with Kyrie Murray, fairy door decorating with An Doras Beag and musical shaker making with members of Navamba Samba.

The parade which leaves the Fair Green at 4pm will be led by a large St Brigid figure, Navamba Samba band, local community groups and Navan’s Irish National Foresters band. Meet at the Fair Green, Navan from 3.30pm if you’d like to take part in the parade. Bring a brolly and the organisers will give you some simple decorations to add to them or if your name is Brigid (or any derivative) wear green and join in.

Community and school groups of all ages are also welcome to join the parade.

Contact or (086) 313 0049 for further information or to get involved in any way.