Craft exhibitions

Make a St Brigid's Cross

Date
Jan 28 2018
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Contact details

Address

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo,
E: bookings@museum.ie

St Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba and her feast day is celebrated on the 1st February each year.

St Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba and her feast day is celebrated on the 1st February each year.

Even though it is known as a Christian event, this day has had symbolic meaning in Ireland since the pagan times, and is also known by the name Imbolc. It symbolises the start of spring and the lengthening of day time, and the end of winter, marking the point halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

Brigid’s Cross is one of the most well-known symbols in Ireland, and they are usually made with straw or rushes, folded in a particular style. The the tradition is to prepare the crosses on the evening before St Brigid’s Day. The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is running a class on the Sunday before St Brigid’s Day to teach old and young how to construct the cross in the traditional manner. All are welcome, and there is no need to book a place.

Tickets
Free