The Relic of St Brigid returns to native Co Kildare for the first time in more than 1,000 years, marking a momentous occasion for the Irish community. The revered bone fragment of St Brigid’s skull, encapsulated within a silver oak tree sculpture, has been ceremoniously placed in St Brigid’s parish church. This event ushers in a year-long celebration of the saint, who is said to have passed away around 524 AD.
- The relic of St Brigid has been returned to Kildare after over a millennium.
- A special Mass at St Brigid’s parish church commenced the year-long festivities.
- The relic’s return is expected to become a focal point for both veneration and tourism.
- Historical significance surrounds the relic, with its journey from Ireland to Portugal and back.
The Journey of St Brigid’s Relic Through Time
The relic of St Brigid has traversed a path as storied as the saint herself. Once adorned with riches and later safeguarded from Viking raids, the relic found its way to Portugal with Irish knights. Its return to Kildare is not just a homecoming but a rekindling of cultural and spiritual heritage.
Impact on Kildare’s Community and Heritage
With the relic now on permanent display, it stands as a testament to St Brigid’s enduring influence. The local community and visitors alike are drawn to the church, seeking connection with the past. This relic’s presence in Kildare is anticipated to inspire a new pilgrimage route, enriching the region’s spiritual and cultural landscape.
|St Brigid’s Passing
|c. 524 AD
|Approximate year of the saint’s death
|Relic Moved to Portugal
|Irish knights take the relic on their way to the Crusades
|Relic’s Return to Kildare
|First return of the relic to Kildare in over 1,000 years
The Relic of St Brigid returns to native Co Kildare, reconnecting the community with a pivotal figure in Irish history and spirituality. This homecoming is not just a moment of reverence but also a catalyst for cultural and economic opportunities. As the relic finds its new home, it continues to weave the rich tapestry of Ireland’s past with the threads of modern faith and identity.