Blurring of ancient myth with new beliefs characterised the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Nowhere is it more evident that this blurring still lives than at this festival which celebrates Brigid as both Goddess and Saint and mixes traditions of the Festival of Imbolc (Spring) with Catholic ritual and celebration. It’s a potent and at times confusing mix.
The festival aims to celebrate Brigid and her lore through lectures, workshops, story, music, poetry, dance, myth, landscape and spiritual customs. Other festival activities will include a guided walk through the landscape of Brigid and St. Brigid’s Cross Weaving Workshops for children and adults.
On the one hand there is a clear Catholic component, with mass celebrating St Brigid’s Day, yet also a pagan strand celebrating Brigid as goddess and with a ritual ceremony marking the ancient pagan festival of Imbolc. New age spirituality gets a look in too, with yoga, a Bach Flower Dance Workshop and healing ceremonies. Throw in a hint of feminism – though the view of Brigid as the ‘Divine feminine’ – and you’ve covered a lot of bases.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure who this event is for.
Map & Information
Most events take place at various venues around Dundalk, with some at the Hill of Faughart just outside the town.