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To the north of Dundalk, Co Louth, Faughart is an ancient place filled with a history that is both gentle and fierce. It is a place associated with battles, boundaries and travel. The Sli Midhluachra, one of the 5 ancient roads of Ireland, runs through the hill of Faughart on its way from the Hill of Tara, to Armagh and then to the north coast of Ireland, making it an strategically important place.
However, Faughart is also a place of deep peace, tranquillity, beauty and healing, being associated from ancient times with Brigid, Pre-Christian Goddess and Christian Saint . Brigid holds the energy of the Divine Feminine within the Celtic Spiritual tradition. The mystical woman St. Moneena was also associated with Faughart before she moved to the quieter place near Kileavy, Co Armagh, where she created her monastery . So over the centuries, Faughart has been a place where the polarities of inner and outer life, battles and prayers have been experienced. For the people in Louth, Monaghan, Armagh and Down, Faughart is the place associated with Brigid, the compassionate woman who heals, advises and nurtures all who come to her in times of need. People are drawn to her shrine at Faughart because of the deep peace they experience there. Brigid’s peaceful presence can be experienced in this landscape where the ancient beech trees radiate old knowledge and hold a compassionate space for us all.
People, of all ages and from all walks of life, come to Faughart throughout the year to honour and pray to Brigid. However on La Feile Bhride (Feb 1st) people come in their multitudes! On this special day the shrine at Faughart is thronged with pilgrims who come to invoke Brigid’s blessing on their emerging lives. Brigid is associated with springtime and new life emerging. She is the one who “breathes life into the mouth of dead winter.”
Brigid of Faughart Festival
The festival celebrates Brigid of Faughart, as both Saint and Goddess, and the Celtic Festival of Imbolc or Spring through music, poetry, dance,story, landscape, folklore, spiritual customs, discussion and much more.The emphasis of the festival is to revisit and reclaim the richness of the traditions associated with Brigid of Faughart, in ways which are relevant to our lives in the 21st century.
Lectures and workshops will offer opportunities : for expanding and deepening our knowledge of Brigid, for exploring the Wisdom that she was and still is and for integrating Feminine Consciousness more surely into contemporary culture.
Brigid is Poet, Healer, Manifester and Initiator, her many aspects will be explored in music, speech, movement, poetry, reflection, and meditation.
Activities will include Workshops on Brigid, the annual Pilgrimage Walk to Faughart Shrine from Dundalk town; a walk exploring the sacred sites of Faughart and the heritage and legend associated with these, a night of poetry, story, song and music, St. Brigid’s Cross making workshops, a Gardening at Imbolc Workshop, and the ritual celebration of Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc.
The festival will also include a special Eucharist for St. Brigid’s Day at Faughart Shrine and a special day of healing, open to all. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the events during the festival.
The 2014 Brigid of Faughart Festival, whose theme was “Brigid-Building Bridges, Challenging Conventions”, was a great success! We would like to thank all who took part in the workshops and attended the various events and especially to all who travelled from across Ireland and overseas to be part of the festival.
Our 2015 festival will aim to build on that success and offer another exciting and varied programme of events, with an abundance of talented guests. More information later in the year.
For 2014 programme details please click HERE.
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For information on our Festival 2014 guests and speakers, please click HERE.
To view some of the photos of the various events that took place during the 2013 & 2014 Brigid of Faughart Festival please click HERE.