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The Legacy of Saint Brigid

The Saint Patrick Centre, 53A Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ
Different styles of Saint Brigid Crosses


Brigid Watson is a local expert tour guide and environmentalist with a passion for Christian heritage and the fascinating life stories of people. In the ancient town of Downpatrick, home to the burial place of Saint Brigid at Down Cathedral, Brigid shares the story of the fascinating life of this Irish woman who is revered across Ireland and beyond. On arrival in the Saint Patrick Centre you will be offered light refreshments. You will have an opportunity to explore an excellent display about Saint Brigid, the Goddess Brigid and the ancient traditions associated with Saint Brigid.

Brigid shares many stories about Saint Brigid, born in the 5th century, signifying her kindness and empathy for the marginalised. One of the ancient traditions still widely practised in Ireland today is the making of the Saint Brigid's Cross. Brigid gives a demonstration of how to make a Saint Brigid's Cross and explains the beliefs that people hold about the cross. Everyone is then invited to make their own cross using the materials provided. Other customs associated with Saint Brigid are shared.

Highlights include:
• Refreshments | tea or coffee | pancakes or oatcakes, butter, honey and Saint Brigid speciality cheese
• Demonstration | Brigid Watson shows how the cross is made from rushes gathered from their farm.
• Craft | create your own local version of the Saint Brigid's Cross to take home with you
• Saint Brigid | hear fascinating stories of the life of one of Ireland's most revered saints | visit her grave
• Down Cathedral | on Cathedral Hill overlooking the ancient town of Downpatrick | burial site of Saint Brigid
• Exhibition Display of different styles of handmade crosses; information display on Brigid, Goddess and Saint
• Saint Patrick Centre| Audio-visual show about Saint Patrick who had links to Saint Brigid

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Opening Times

Season (1 Feb 2023)
Wednesday13:30 - 16:00
Season (4 Feb 2023)
Saturday13:30 - 16:00

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