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St. Brigid’s Tourism Trail Opens in Kildare

Pictured at the launch of the new St. Brigid's Trail in Kildare town were Mayor Martin Miley, Kildare tourism development manager Aine Mangan and Sr. Rita from Solas Bhríde. (Photo: Michael Donnelly)

By Mary Gallagher, Editorial Assistant
April / May 2018

A tourism trail honoring Ireland’s female patron saint, Saint Brigid, has opened in Kildare. The town and county of Kildare are named after a monastery Saint Brigid established in the fifth century, near an oak grove: the Irish cill dara means “church of the oak.”

Launched in conjunction with the Feast of Saint Brigid, which occurs February 1, the newest tourist destination is meant to celebrate Saint Brigid’s legendary accomplishments, Kildare’s profound ecclesiastical significance, and the rich ancient history of the island as a whole.

“The Saint Brigid’s Trail will interest visitors from both home and abroad who want to learn more about Ireland’s female patron saint,” said Kildare Tourism Development Manager Aine Mangan. “The trail can be completed in approximately two hours, allowing visitors plenty of time to explore everything the town has to offer afterwards.”

The trail, spearheaded by the Kildare Tourism Board, leads from north to south through the town of Kildare. The self-guided journey begins at the Kildare Heritage Centre before heading to hagiographic points of interest, including the 185-year-old Saint Brigid’s Church and the ancient site known as Saint Brigid’s Well. ♦

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