St Brigid’s Day 2022 celebrations across Kildare.
Into Kildare has confirmed that they plan to illuminate the Hill of Allen again for the second time ever as part of this year’s festivities to honour Kildare’s very own patron saint.
The historic landmark will emit a bright white light from Monday January 31st, on the eve of St Brigid’s Day, for a number of hours and will remain lit until midnight.
It will also light up from 6pm on February 1st until midnight.
Due to restrictions, there is no access on the evening to ensure public safety.
Members of the public will also be able to view the ‘lighting up’ from their own homes by logging onto Into Kildare’s Facebook page or by visiting the Into Kildare website.
A series of family and child friendly orientated events will also take place, in addition to a children’s colouring competition.
Féile Bríde, a week-long festival organised by Solas Bríde, will also be taking place across the week, with a candlelight pilgrimage taking place to St Brigid’s Well on January 31st.
Plans are also in place for a guided walk on the Curragh Plains, and subject to public health guidelines, both in-person and online workshops on the Traditions and Customs associated with Brigid, Annual Celtic Lecture, as well as a number of musical and cultural events.
St Brigid’s Day traditionally marks the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere and has been celebrated by Christians all over the world for many centuries.
The much-adored Kildare patron saint was born in fifth century, where she built a monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470AD; pioneering monastic life in Ireland.
Irish missionaries and migrants carried her name and spirit across the world and today, pilgrims and visitors come to Kildare from all over the world seeking to walk in Brigid’s footsteps.
In 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced a worldwide festival to mark St Brigid’s anniversary and celebrate the creativity and talents of Irish women.
It is now in its fifth successive year and has received an enthusiastic international response, with over 30 countries around the world participating in 2021.
Preparations are already well underway to mark the 1500-year anniversary of St Brigid’s death in 2024.
Speaking ahead of this year’s festival, Into Kildare CEO Áine Mangan said:
“Kildare has a deep-rooted connection with St. Brigid which dates back many centuries, so it is fitting that we mark and honour the great work she did for the people of Kildare and indeed, Ireland and it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to get out and explore the county’s rich cultural history.
“We are hosting several events that we hope will educate and illustrate the breadth of our offering here in Kildare," she said.