Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Brat Brigid Festival in Armagh (2010)

I'm wondering how often the Archdiocese of Armagh's Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry might offer a Brigit festival. This was the roster of events for the one in 2010. Sounds as if it was amazing. (They are hiring, by the way: SMA are looking for a Laity Coordinator. If you are interested in this post, click here for more details.)

Brat Bhríde - St Brigid's Festival

Brat Bhríde welcomes you to this festival which celebrates Brigid of Faughart and the Celtic festival of Imbolc in myth, landscape, folklore, spiritual customs, music poetry and dance. The emphasis of this 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.
The lectures and workshops will offer opportunities for expanding and deepening our knowledge of Brigid for tasting the Wisdom that she was and still is, for integrating feminine consciousness more surely to contemporary culture.

The music and the time honoured rituals associated with Brigid and Imbolc will nourish our hearts and souls, and give us confidence in these uncertain times.

Brat Bhríde (Maura Lennon, Mairéad Heaney, Dolores Whelan, MariAnne Gosling, Maura Matthews, Catherine Pepper and Noreen Townsend ) is a voluntary group who have come together to organise this event.
The festival is supported by County Louth Tourism; Louth Heritage; Create Louth; Louth County Library; An Tain Theatre and DKIT.

Wednesday, 27th Jan:

Healing Circle 7.30 p.m
Facilitator: Fr. Tom Hamill

Venue: St. Brigid's Special School, Ard Easmuinn Cost: €10

Thursday 28th Jan:

Cross making workshop for school children 11.00 am
Facilitators: Maura Lennon and Una Casey

Venue: County Library Roden Place Dundalk Free event

RECEPTION of Sacred Flame & Healing Water 4.30pm

Venue: Town Centre (opposite Courthouse)

This ceremony brings together two symbols associated with Brigid, the Sacred Flame from Kildare and the Healing Water from Faughart Well.

Invitations have been extended to representatives from all the traditions.
We hope you will join us in this special celebration.

St. Brigid, Glassdrumman, Co. Armagh

Brigid and the Cosmic Landscape 8.00pm
Speaker: Anthony Murphy

Venue: County Museum, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk Cost €5
Anthony Murphy is an author and editor of the Dundalk Democrat.
He is co-author with Richard Moore of Island of the Setting Sun.

Friday Jan 29th

“Exploring the magic and the mystery of Water” 1.00pm
Speaker: Dolores Whelan

Venue: Dundalk County Library

In this talk Dolores draws on the work of Dr Emoto, a Japanese researcher, whose work shows the amazing effect of thinking and music on the crystalline structure of water. Dolores explores what this might mean in our lives especially the healing aspect of water. Free Event

Dolores Whelan is author of Ever Ancient Ever New Celtic Spirituality in the 21st Century. She facilitates retreats and workshops which bring together insights from science and spirituality.

Friday Jan 29th:

Brigid brings new life to today's Ireland
Rekindling the fire of Brigid
Facilitator: Padraigín Clancy 7.30pm
Venue: Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, Dundalk Cost: €15

Padraigín Clancy is an Irish Folklorist and historian with a special interest on Celtic Spirituality. She facilitates retreats that embrace Celtic spirituality, in Ireland USA and Australia .She is editor and co-author of Celtic Threads Exploring the wisdom of our Heritage (1999)


Saturday Jan 30th :

Registration for events in Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 9.30am

The Rites of Brigid Goddess and Saint 10.00, 11.30am
Speaker: Fr. Sean O'Duinn

Venue: Aramagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, Dundalk Cost €10

Fr Sean O'Duinn is a monk in Glenstal Abbey and author of Where three streams meet and The Rites of Brigid Goddess and Saint. For many years he has lectured in Celtic Mythology and Folklore in Mary Immaculate College in the University of Limerick.


Turas an Chroí - Journey of the Heart (Workshop 1)
Music and movement take us closer to what language cannot reach. It is a journey into stillness, mystery and our own creativity, the journey of the heart. This is an invitation to explore chant, meditation and movement through the depth, beauty and richness of our Celtic heritage.
12.00 - 1.30pm
Facilitator: Deirdre Ní Chinnéide
Venue: Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, Dundalk Cost: €15

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide has sung extensively in both Irish and English for many years. She explores the healing potential of sound and song with particular connection to the Spirit and Shadow of Celtic Consciousness.


Does Brigid keep us right around here? (Workshop 2)
3.00pm -5.30pm
Facilitator: Tom Hamill
Venue: Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, Dundalk Cost €25
Tom Hamill is deeply committed to, and experienced in offering opportunities to adults whereby they can grow in self-knowledge, compassion and a sense of interconnectedness.

St Brigid's Church, Belleek, Co. Armagh

Booking through Library phone 042 9353190

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