St. Brigid’s Day – 1st February 2024

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Tomorrow, February 1st, is the first day of Spring and the Feast of St. Brigid, one of the Patron Saints of Ireland.  This year also marks the 1500th anniversary of her death.  There are many events and celebrations taking place around the country and across the world to mark this event, especially this week.  Lots of events on tonight as the eve of St. Brigid’s Day was traditionally a great night of preparation.  If you live in Kildare county, keep a watch on the skies tonight as beacons of light will be shone from the Hill of Allen, Kildare Town and other high-points which may be visible if the cloud-cover cooperates!  Other events are publicised on

.  Under the “Get Involved” tab, there is a section for schools which, although aimed primarily at Junior schools, has some nice resources contained in it.

Tomorrow there will be a “Pause for Peace” at 12 noon across the country.  It does not suit us to announce it this year as the Mocks are taking place but feel free to pause your class at 12 (or just before the bell goes at 12.10pm) to reflect on those areas of the world where peace is badly needed at present.  On our own island, we are mindful of the proposed re-start of the Northern Ireland Assembly and hope too that this will bring the desired progress that comes after a fragile peace is restored.

To commemorate #Brigid1500, there are bookmarks in the staffroom for anyone who wishes to take.  Some have been left in the 6th Year Common Room for students and more are available on the table outside the Oratory.  Thanks to Carol in the office for her help in producing these.

Beannachtaí na Féile oraibh go léir!

Fiona O’Dwyer

Chaplain, Loreto High School Beaufort

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