2020 Festival

 We invite you to join us for some or all of the special events that will take place in Dundalk, Faughart and Ravensdale between Sunday 26th January and Sunday 2nd of February to celebrate the return of the light, of Brigid in her maiden form and the beginning of springtime.

The Brigid of Faughart Festival  Jan/Feb 2020

 A celebration of Brigid, Celtic Saint and ancient triple goddess of Ireland

Pilgrimage Walk to Faughart Shrine – Sunday 26th January at 11.00am   

Join Stephanie O’Hanlon and Dolores Whelan in walking one of the ancient pilgrimage routes used by local people for hundreds of years when they walked out to Faughart to celebrate the Feast of St.Brigid on February 1st. The route begins at Lisnawilly House, Mount Avenue, Dundalk ( Eircode A91 TO8F) and goes through Toberona and Kilcurry and onwards to Faughart Shrine. As we walk the pilgrim path we will share some of the stories of Brigid and the devotion of local people to her and to the holy places of Faughart.

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time. Booking not necessary.

Donations to festival fund welcomed and appreciated

From Darkness Came Forth the Light with Evelyne Bourton and Friends

Brigid’s Eve 31st January at 9.00PM – Faughart Oratory at Faughart Shrine, Dundalk, Co.Louth 

Acclaimed soprano Evelyne Bourton and musician friends invite you to join them at Faughart to celebrate the return of the creative, compassionate and loving light of Brigid through song, music and poetry.

Tickets €12 with Concession €10

Cruinniu Lá Fhéile Bríde 

Saturday 1st February 2020 – An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co.Louth

Presented by The Brigid of Faughart Festival in Conjunction with Herstory 20/20.

A celebration of Brigid – Goddess, Celtic Saint and wise woman of the 21st Century 

Brigid’s Symbols and Customs Workshop  11.00am-1.00pm

Join Roisin and Maura on Lá Fhéile Bríde as we weave Brigid’s Cross and the Crios Bríd (Belt of Brigid), explore the ancient symbols of Brigid and share stories of Brigid’s Days traditions. Many traditions and customs associated with Lá Fhéile Bríde involve invocations for good health, fertility and protection. The ancient traditions of cross and crios making are still practised in parts of Ireland. The significance of these symbols will be explained and demonstrated in this interactive workshop.

All ages welcome.  No experience needed.

Please book through An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co.Louth        ww.antain.ie  

Workshop €3.50  plus booking fee of €1.50

Brigid – Inspiration for a New Society 2.30pm-4.00pm

Talk and discussion with Dolores Whelan     

This talk with Dolores will explore the role that Brigid, as embodiment of the Divine Feminine, can and must play in the creation of a new society. Together we will explore the values and qualities that set Brigid apart, as a woman who held a deep vision of what was needed to bring about fundamental change in society and the courage to pursue that vision. We will discover how each of us can bring this inspiration into creative actions in our own lives, reflecting the uniqueness of our gifts and personal circumstances.

These are the qualities that are needed so urgently in our world today.

Talk €10 plus booking fee of €1.50

Please book through An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co.Louth        ww.antain.ie

  

Gathering under Brigid’s Mantel    5.00pm -7.00pm

A celebration of Brigid – Goddess, Celtic saint and wise woman of the 21st Century in poetry, music, story and song with Siobhan Mc Mahon, Ann Mc Donald, Sophie Coyle and members of Dundalk Writers Group.

Tickets €15 or concession €12 plus booking fee of €1.50

Please book through An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co.Louth        ww.antain.ie  

Sunday 2nd February 

Guided Walk – Exploring the Sacred Places of Faughart with Pat O’Rourke

Sunday  2nd Februray  1.00pm   – 3.00pm

Local historian Pat O’Rourke will guide us around the sacred sites of Faughart, from St.Brigid’s Shrine and the Healing Stones, to the ancient Hill of Faughart, Brigid’s Well and old Faughart Graveyard. From the Hill of Faughart one can look across to Dundalk Bay, forward to the Cooley Mountains and back to the famous Gap of the North and the mighty form of Slieve Gullion. All these locations are steeped in myth and folklore, playing a major role in the epic story of the Táin Bo Cúlaigne and in the military history of Ireland down through the ages, as the armies of local chieftains and foreign invaders made their way from south to north through the Gap of the North.

Please wear sturdy shoes/walking boots as graveyard surface is uneven. Warm clothing and rain gear are recommended. Meet at Car Park of Faughart Shrine 15 minutes before the start time. 

Cost – Donation to Brigid Festival fund. Booking not necessary.

Closing Event of the 2020 Festival

A Ritual Celebration of Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc 

Join Maura Lennon, Dolores Whelan, Stephanie O Hanlon   May Coyle and others as we celebrate, in song, movement and prayer, the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc and Brigid, as she comes to breath new life into the mouth of dead winter and usher in the Spring.   

Please arrive about 15 minutes before starting time of 5.00 pm. Ritual will start promptly at 5.00pm.

Booking not necessary   Donations towards the festival welcomed and accepted .

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