St. Brigid of Ireland
A beautiful bronze plaque of the St. Brigid's cross. Perfect to adorn any room at home. Brigid is the most important of Ireland’s female saints. She is the patron of healers and midwives. Her life and work in the 6th century leaves a legacy that we Irish celebrate to this day. The tradition of weaving her cross from reeds for 1st February, to celebrate the arrival of Spring, continues to this day in Ireland.
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- Dimensions: 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15cm)
- Comes with a presentation cotton bag.
- Made in Ireland by Wild Goose
- A beautiful Irish blessing
- Made from bronze
The Legend of St Brigid
Also known as St Bridget, she is Ireland's most famous female saint. Born in 450 AD in County Louth to a pagan chieftan and Christian mother, Brigid was named after the Celtic goddess of Spring, fertility, craft, and poetry. She was inspired by her contemporary St Patrick to follow the Christian path, choosing to devote her life to the poor and needy instead of finding a husband. She even prayed for her beauty to be taken away so no-one would want her hand in marriage.
She founded many convents and monasteries throughout Ireland, as well as a school for art. She became a folk heroine, with any miracles, relics, and mythical stories associated with her name. Today, making a 'St Brigid's cross' is an Irish custom at the start of Spring on February 1st - St Brigid's Day, traditionally made out of rushes.