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Brigid of Faughart Festival 2015

A major celebration of Brigid of Faughart will take place at the end of this month, from Thursday 30th January to Sunday 1st February.

Now in its 8th year, the festival celebrates Brigid of Faughart as both Christian Saint and as Pre-Christian Goddess and the ancient festival of Imbolc, which heralded the beginning of Spring in the Celtic year.

The emphasis of this unique festival, according to its organisers, is to revisit and reclaim some of the richness of the traditions associated with Brigid of Faughart, in ways which are relevant to our lives in the 21st century, through myth, landscape, folklore, spiritual customs, poetry, music and dance.

The festival takes place in Faughart, Dundalk and Ravensdale and includes a range of workshops and talks, as well as St. Brigid’s Cross & Crios Making, a Special Eucharist for St. Brigid’s Day, Bach Flower Dances, Pilgrimage Walk from Dundalk to Faughart Shrine, an Exploration of the Sacred Sites of Faughart, a Day of Healing and a Ritual Celebration of Brigid and Imbolc. On Saturday night,  31st January, the festival will hold its 3rd ‘Weaving Brigid’s Magic’ Event in Dundalk Gaol. This year’s special guests include Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, Tony Cuckson, Bee Smith, Seάn Bradley, Bernadette Smyth and Janice McCloskey. Renowned singer and musicologist Noirín Ní Riain PhD will facilitate a very special workshop on Sunday 1st February. The festival will be launched on the evening of Tuesday 13th January in the County Library and everyone is welcome. Full programme details are available on  The festival organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of Louth Local County Council through their Festival & Events Assistance Scheme.

For more information contact Roisin Cotter, Brigid of Faughart Festival.

Mobile : 087 136 3224 Email :

Date : 31st December 2014.