Happy St Brigid’s Day from all in Ireland. On February 1, we mark the feast of one of our patron saints and the only female one, Bridget. Patrick, not even born in Ireland and Columba, who was sent into exile, are the other two! In true Irish style, her name appears in many forms : Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Bríd, Brigid and Bride and Biddy.
Born in Faughart, County Louth in about 451A.D Bridget founded several monasteries and is most associated with Kildare. Faughart celebrates Bridget in a big way as can be seen from this wonderful blogpost from Louise of Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland. Click here to read more.
My favourite Irish tradition is the one of the Brigid’s Cross, made usually on the day before the feast day and then placed above the door or poked behind a picture to protect the house from all bad things for the following year. Simple and elegant, the swastika shaped cross is woven from a few rushes, found in almost every field in Ireland.