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Saint Brigid's Day & The Festival of Imbolc

Posted by Deirdre Murray on

Growing up in Ireland, St.Brigid’s Day was one of the best days in school! We’d spend about an hour outside, playing around in the field and picking rushes for our Brigid’s Cross (of course, the rushes would try to take the eyes out of us continuously)! We’d all head inside then to start crafting; folding rushes in half over and over again until we were left with the final product! My Mam still has these crosses displayed proudly on top of our kitchen dresser.

Saint Brigid is one of the patron saints of Ireland. She is also the patron saint of crafts, poets, healers, midwives and doctors. It is said that Brigid’s cross is a symbol of protection and healing. Although her cross can be made using rushes, we also have a range of Saint Brigid’s Crosses available!

    

These wall hangings are crafted in Kinsale, Co.Cork by Wild Goose. They are crafted using resin coated in bronze. They are perfect for hanging above your door or in a hallway as a symbol of protection, safety and home!

   

Our stunning Brigid's cross jewelry is hallmarked in Dublin Castle. They are crafted using Sterling silver or Gold - perfect for adding that Irish Charm to any outfit!

And of course, there's always the more traditional route... The Brigids Cross made of rushes! Available in two sizes by Naomh Padraig in Co. Roscommon - truly Irish and beautiful! 

   


Saint Brigid’s Day (February 1st) also marks the pagan festival of Imbolc -  the beginning of Spring! Brigid’s crosses would be made and people would leave their clothes, shoes and food outside for Brigid to bless. She was said to also protect and bless their livestock and crops.

Discover more crosses here!

Happy Saint Brigid's Day & Hears to a great Spring!


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