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ILLUSTRATED TALK: BRIGID 1500 – the Saint, the Goddess, and the Weaving of Tradition

January 30 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0

The year 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid (c. 450–524) of Ireland, who some scholars believe is a personality generated during the period of transition from Irish Paganism to Christianity, replacing the goddess Brigit, the Irish manifestation of the Celtic Brigantia.

With its origins in the Celtic fertility festival of Imbolc, St Brigid’s Day – celebrated on 1 February – signals the beginning of spring and an end to the darkness of winter, ushering in a new season of hope and growth on the land and the birth of animals on the farm and in the wild. Our rural ancestors celebrated the day with a festive meal and a host of customs, all aimed at securing St Brigid’s protection and promise of new life and abundance for the year ahead.

Join Clodagh Doyle, Keeper of the Irish Folklife Division, as she introduces Brigid, the saint and goddess, and shares some of the folklore and traditions associated with her feast day.  The event is free of charge but advance booking is advised as seating is limited.  To book a place contact the Museum on (091) 532460 or email museum@galwaycity.ie.

Suitable for Ages 12+ and Adults.

[Photo: Clodagh Doyle, Keeper of the Irish Folklife Division, courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life]

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Date:
January 30
Time:
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0
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Galway City Museum
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