Mary Foley and friend at St Brigid’s Well, Ardsallagh.

St Brigid celebrations in the county

Scurlogstown Olympiad will celebrate Feile Bride on Sunday 4th February at the village park at Scurlogstown, Trim. The proceedings will commence at 2pm with demonstratations of St Brigid's Cross making from Boyne rushes. There will also be demonstrations of corn grinding, antique furniture restoration and uses of straw, hay and rug. This will be followed by a talk on St Brigid by Cynthia Simone who has studied the celebration of feile in bulk over the generations in Ireland.

On St Brigid’s Day, Thursday 1st February, St Brigid’s Well at Boyne Hill House Avenue, will be opened to the public from 9am to 11am. Special thanks to the management of Boyne Hill House for opening the facility to the public.

On Sunday, Slane native Denis Nulty, Bishop of Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, received a relic of St Brigid in Kildare town some 1,500 years after her death.

The relic of a bone fragment from her skull is contained inside a specially commissioned silver representation of an oak tree in a red box. It was brought to St Brigid’s parish church for a special Mass which begins a year of celebrating the life of the saint, who is said to have died around the year 524.

Bishop Nulty is hosting a diocesan celebration of evening prayer with Fr Liam Lawton and the diocesan choir in Carlow Cathedral on Thursday at 7.30pm.