2021 Festival

 We invite you to join us for an online celebration of Brigid of Faughart at Imbolc on Monday 1st February at 8.00pm. This special on line event will celebrate the return of the light, of Brigid in her maiden form and the beginning of springtime.

Cruinniu Lá Fhéile Bríde 2021 

Monday 1st February 2021 – this event will be streamed by An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co.Louth

Mon 1st Feb | 8pm GMT  Online bookings through https://antain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873616862

Telephone An Táin Arts Centre at 042 9332332

An online celebration of Brigid, Goddess and Saint hosted by the Brigid of Faughart Festival and An Táin Arts Centre.  

MUSIC, ART, MEDITATIONS, TALKS

Gathering under Brigid’s mantle, celebrating her return as the maiden of springtime at Imbolc, in song, poetry, movement and invoking her protection, her guidance and her trailblazing energy as she breathes new life into the mouth of dead winter.

 Music and Song by Elaine Ní Chiardha of Singing the Land

Elaine is a sacred musician, voiceworker and shamanic practitioner with a strong connection to Brigid.

Meditation with Geraldine Whelan
During this meditation guided by intuitive coach and healer Geraldine Whelan, we will connect with Brigid as she walks this land tonight and invite her to share her powerful energies with us.

Soprano Eve Bourton and Harpist Chuchung
A captivating and heartfelt performance combining voice with the gentle sounds of the concert and Irish harp in celebration of Brigid.

Ritual for Brigid by Niamh Hannaford
A short performative video of a virtual ritual between Niamh and her family and friends, where they headed to the North- East of their local parks and performed a sequence of movements inspired by Faughart and Brigid.

Talk by Dolores Whelan
Dolores Whelan, educator, author and spiritual teacher within the ancient spiritual tradition of this country explains how Brigid as Goddess and Saint still occupies (even unconsciously) a central place within the consciousness of this country and its people. At this time of global crisis, we humans need to know and embody the wisdom held by Brigid and which reflect the feminine values of cooperation, compassions for all sentient beings and respect for nature.

Following the Old Dreaming Paths, Poetry by Siobhan Mac Mahon
Irish Poet and Word-Witch, Siobhan Mac Mahon invokes the ‘sacred poetic inspiration’ (Imbas Forosnai) of the early Irish poets to help illuminate our path home in these difficult and unsettling times.

Heal me Brigid by Tara Carroll
Tara Carroll is an Ireland based artist, curator and facilitator. Tara will use performance as a site of ritual to explore her internal ambiguity of womanhood and her body’s primary function of fertility. The performative ritual will be a catalyst to accept healing from Brigid.

This is an online event. You will be emailed a link prior to 8pm on the day of the event.

Your details will be shared with the Brigid of Faughart Festival. Ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm GMT. 

Online Monday 1 February 2021, 20:00 (Doors open 19:45)

Standard : All tickets subject to €1.50 booking fee per ticket

Cruinniu Lá Fhéile Bríde 2020

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

Presented by The Brigid of Faughart Festival in Conjunction with An 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

Meet at Faughart Shrine Car Park

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 

Ravensdale Community Centre, Ravensdale, Dundalk A91 P297

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 .

The Brigid of Faughart Festival

1st Feb 2021

 An online celebration of Brigid, Celtic Saint and ancient triple goddess of Ireland

 

The Brigid of Faughart Festival was delighted to be involved with providing the artists brief for the newly created Brigid of Faughart Mural in Bridge Street, Dundalk, Co.Louth.

The mural was created by artist Friz as part of the Seek Dundalk 2020 Urban Arts Festival, initiated by Dundalk BIDS Office and Creative Spark, Dundalk.

The mural combines the many aspects of Brigid as both pre-Christian Goddess and Christian Saint and has been a huge attraction in the centre of Dundalk since its completion in summer 2020.  We invite you to see this beautiful artwork for yourself on your next visit to Dundalk, along with the other extraordinary murals that are now part of our town’s streetscape! 

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