Celebrating St. Brigid in Millstreet 2023

As we come to the end of the very first St. Brigid’s Bank Holiday on this Monday, 6th Feb. 2023 we reflect on the Feast Day itself on Wednesday, 1st Feb. when many people acquired a special St. Brigid’s Cross in Church to place in their homes over the next year.   Here we meet Margaret Kelleher and Betty O’Regan displaying the precious Crosses near the statue of St. Brigid in memory of the late Breeda Kelleher of Station Road who always arranged to renew the Cross on the statue every 1st Feb. having made scores of Crosses for distribution to very many people.   This year, Breeda’s son, Joseph, kindly arranged to collect the rushes necessary for the making of the Crosses and Margaret Kelleher has superbly continued Breeda’s tradition in making several Crosses and varnished them also for distribution not only in Church but far beyond – very especially remembering Breeda’s inspiring annual gesture in honour of St. Brigid.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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