|ST. BRIDGET OF THE MANTEL|
Saint Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland,
was born at Faughart in county Louth, her father being a prince of Ulster.
Refusing to marry, she chose a life of seclusion, making her cell
under a large oak tree, whence the place was called Kildara, "the church of the oak."
The city of Kildare is supposed to derive its name from St Brigid's cell. The year of
her death is generally placed in 523. She was buried at Kildare, but her remains were
afterwards translated to Downpatrick, where they were laid beside the bodies of
St Patrick and St Columba. Her feast is celebrated on the 1st of February.
A large collection of miraculous stories clustered round her name, and her reputation
was not confined to Ireland, for, under the name of St Bride, she became a favourite
saint in England, and numerous churches were dedicated to her in Scotland.
— From the 1911 Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
Key events during the life of St. Brigid of Ireland:
||Born into a noble Celtic family at Dundalk in Ireland.
||Inspired to become a nun by the preaching of St. Patrick
||Founded two monasteries in Kildare, one for men and one for women.
||Lived an inspirational life of holiness as Abbess of Kildare.
||Inspired numerous legends.
||Died at Kildare.
||Priest who traveled with St. Patrick and consecrated St. Brigid.
||Bishop of Kildare who was a friend of St. Brigid.
||Kidnapped as a child and brought to Ireland, returned later to spread Christianity.