SAINT BRIGID OF KILDARE – CROSSES
I have always liked the cross of Brigid, with it’s simple or elaborate intricate ‘crisscrossing’ . Below are a number of samples of ones that I have made . I have endeavoured to be as creative and instinctive as possible and on occasion what I set out to create has ended up being very different. This occurs with the individual use of painted wood, aran wool and icons of Brigid. Her name and cross is highly represented amongst the Irish Abroad, whether in churches , schools and GAA clubs worldwide. London was the source of the evolving St, Brigid Festival now celebrated worldwide via the Irish embassies and consulates .
Harry Clarke’s depiction of Brigid, in St. Mary’s Church
Ballinrobe Co. Mayo
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Who is St Brigid?
Born in Dundalk in 450 AD St Brigid was the founder of the first monastery in County Kildare, Ireland. Her father was a pagan chieftain of Leinster and her mother was a Christian. St Patrick inspired her to deepen her father and spread the word of God.
February 1st 2021
Today is Imbolc (end of Winter and beginning of Spring) , which celebrates the first day of Spring in Ireland. It is an ancient Celtic feast & is marked in Ireland as St Bridget’s Day, it’s Christian re-incarnation. In schools children make St Bridget’s crosses to celebrate it.