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Celebrating Saint Brigid: Patron Saint of Ireland and of scholars!

Greetings readers~

10439060_10100310716967682_19431947499839595_nYesterday, 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.

For the full article, and more information, please follow this link.

To follow the MA in Irish Studies on Facebook, click here.

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