Yesterday, February 1st, marked the feast of Saint Brigid of Kildare. The MA in Irish Studies Department at University College Cork thoughtfully shared a link to an article on their Facebook page entitled, “An Irishman’s Diary on St Brigid: the many lives of an extraordinary saint”, originally published in The Irish Times and penned by Denis Fahey.
Because of the article mentioned above, this blog is able to share a few facts about Saint Brigid with all of you! Without further ado:
Name: Brigid (Bridget in English, Bríd in modern Irish)
Feast Day: February 1st
-Many “lives” have been written for Brigid.
-Many of these lives are based on stories found in Celtic folklore, others are more Christian based.
-Some people see Saint Brigid as synonymous with Brigid, the Celtic goddess of poetry and agriculture.
-According to the article by Fahey, “[…]What we can say, with reasonable certainty is that, by 650, there was a widespread memory in Ireland of an abbess named Brigid, the daughter of a petty king and a slave, a powerful personality with a reputation for holiness who had established a large religious foundation in modern Kildare before her death around 525.”
-She was believed to have powers that could both heal and punish.
-She is thought to be buried with Saint Patrick and Colm Cille in County Down.
-Her emblems are the lamb and the dandelion.
-People make crosses out of rushes in her honor.
-The surname “McBride” is derived from her name.
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