Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Celebrate st Brigid’s Day 1st February

Posted in Celebrate St.Brigid's Day February 1st by sheelanagigcomedienne on January 27, 2014

I have been campaigning by sending letters to The Irish Post and Irish World to have St. Brigid’s Day celebrated by Irish people and their friends as an antidote to the usual St.Patrick’s Day shenanigans. The paddy wackery, green hatted, Guinnes fuelled  parades and pub events around the world are a sham and a shambles and explified by the national symbol – the shamrock from seamrog which means ‘little clover’. It has been registered as a trademark by the Government of Ireland. It is , of course, associated with St. Patrick who is said to have used it to demonstrate the ridiculous concept of the three gods-in one of Christianity where you could expect it to be like the three bears story – the daddy god called God, the baby god called Jesus and the mummy god called…. no mummy god but instead a Holy Ghost. Patriarchal nonsense. shamrock

St. Brigid’s Day is February 1st. By also marking her day as a celebration of Irishness the Irish season could be extended from February 1st to 17th March.         

  Brigid crossst brigids cross

Here is what I sent to the Irish Post after I had spoken to their pleasant reporter Niall O’Sullivan.

St Brigid’s Day falls on February 1st and could be celebrated by Irish people around the world as an intimate gathering of  family and friends as an antidote to the boozy, green-hatted shenanigans of St Patrick’s Day .

Story of St. Brigid

St. Brigid was born in AD 450 in Faughart, near Dundalk in Co. Louth. Her father, Dubhthach, was a pagan chieftain of Leinster and her mother, Broicsech, was a Christian. It was thought that Brigid’s mother was born in Portugal but was kidnapped by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland to work as a slave, just like St. Patrick was. Brigid’s father named her after one of the most powerful goddesses of the pagan religion – the goddess of fire, whose manifestations were song, craftsmanship, and poetry, which the Irish considered the flame of knowledge. He kept Brigid and her mother as slaves even though he was a wealthy man. Brigid spent her earlier life cooking, cleaning, washing and feeding the animals on her father’s farm.

Around 470 she also founded a double monastery, for nuns and monks, in Kildare. As Abbess of this foundation she wielded considerable power, but was a very wise and prudent superior. The Abbey of Kildare became one of the most prestigious monasteries in Ireland, and was famous throughout Christian Europe.

There are tales about her beauty, the St Brigids Cross made of rushes, her cloak etc

Story of St. Brigid | St Brigid’s Primary School

Ingredients for a St Brigid’s Day celebration of things Irish could include

Playing music, live or recorded, introducing friends and younger folk to the joys of hearing John McCormack, Mary O’Hara playing harp, The Pogues,the Chieftains, Sawdoctors etc.

john mccormackthe poguessaw doctors    

Singalong …..dancing ………… Showing Irish DVDs

                Irish poetry, Irish Dancers,

Solo party pieces of song, reciting poetry, excerpts from stories/novels, story telling, recounting snippets of own family history

irish poet book          

irish poetry 2irish poetry   

        

Charades with Irish themes on theatre, poetry, film, song eg The Quiet Man, The Playboy of the Western World, Fairy Tale of N  ew York,                   

Irish food – making of soda bread, barm brack, potato cakes, Tayto crisps, red lemonade etc. sharing recipes for Baileys type coffee cream liqueur, soda bread etc.

              

Display of Irish craft goods that we have all brought back from trips home including the jokey tea towels

There is enough there to fill an evening of entertainment across the generations and for non-Irish friends for a night of brilliant craic.                                    

We will see what happens!!

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