Kildare Town Achieves New World Record Solas Bhride enters House of Records


Guinness World Records has formally confirmed the new world record for the most people to weave a St. Brigid’s cross at the same time. The record is 357 and it was set at St. Brigid’s parish church in Kildare Town on 21 September 2013.

The world record attempt was organised by Solas Bhríde, Cairde Bhríde, Kildare Heritage Centre and local community groups and was part of a week-long Gathering festival celebrating St. Brigid and her legacy, which was sponsored by IPB and supported by Kildare County Council and County Kildare Leader Partnership.

The record approval process involved detailed assessment of witnesses, photo and video evidence submitted by Solas Bhride to Guinness World Record assessors. Margaret Walsh of Cáirde Bhríde and Rita Minehan of Solas Bhríde received notice of the success yesterday: “We are absolutely thrilled” said Margaret, “it was such a wonderful day, so many people from Kildare Town, Newbridge, Kill, Nurney, Rathangan and beyond Co. Kildare gathered in the church weaving together, the atmosphere was really very special and it has helped reawaken awareness of the importance of Brigid to our town.” Brigidine Sister, Rita Minehan, thanked all involved in supporting the St. Brigid Gathering festival and the record event “we couldn’t have done it without so much help from those who organised the supplies, all those who volunteered on the day, all those who participated and everyone else who helped along the way to make it happen, they were all wonderful. This is a truly historic moment for Kildare.” said Rita.

She also went on to say that the World Record Certificate will hang proudly on the walls of the new purpose built Spirituality Centre, Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, which is due to open in Kildare Town, in Spring 2014.

A new category for the weaving of St. Brigid’s cross was created by Guinness World Records earlier this year, on foot of an application by Solas Bhríde and Cairde Bhríde of Kildare Town. This confirmation of the record of 357 marks the first approved entry in this new category and further challenges are awaited.

Solas Bhride attempt Word Record


brigidsculpture1In keeping with the spirit of The Gathering,  Solas Bhride will attempt to make the Guinness Book of Records by having a very large number of people weaving St. Brigid’s crosses in the same place at the one time.

So if you want to make it you better start practicing now with the rushes! More information will be available on the Solas Bhride website

Julie Fenney Concert


Julie Feeney PosterSt. Brigid’s Cathedral

Kildare Town

Sunday 15th September at 8pm

Tickets €25 available from:

Boyle’s Off Licence, Kildare Town.

Tel: 045 521214

Kildare Town Heritage Centre,

Market Square, Kildare Town.

Tel: 045 530672

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

Box Office Opening Times

Contact 045 448327 /

Online purchases – 24h/7 at

Suzanne Doyle 087 9521232

Rebecca Storm In “THE CLOAK”


facebooksquareSt. Brigids’ Cathedral, Kildare Town, Thursday the 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of September 2013 at 8pm.

“The Cloak” a newly commissioned stage-show written & directed by Irish artistic Director Pádraig J. Dunne showcases the remarkable life of St. Brigit of Kildare, which can only be described as “Spell Binding”. Pádraig J. Dunne who is known for his unique visionary techniques will include a stunning audio visual presentation as part of the production shot in beautiful locations around Ireland including Glendalough, The Curragh and Brittas Bay. “I am very excited about this project, it’s such an amazing story, it’s a privilege to have the artistic freedom to create my vision, exploring the drama and intrigue that was St. Brigids’ life. We are calling auditions for singers and dancers Ireland wide who would relish the opportunity to be part of this wonderful production, with choreography from Nicole Kavanagh and Musical Direction from Lisa Nagle, the level of talent and professionalism we expect will be phenomenal, add to this the eclectic score, dramatic dance and the on-stage presence of Rebecca Storm this production will please a huge cross section of theatre goers.”

Rebecca Storm (singing and acting the part of St. Brigids’ mother Broicsech) has captivated audiences for over 30 years establishing herself as one of the most popular leading ladies in musical theatre, playing some of the most demanding roles including Eva Peron in ‘Evita’, Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’ and numerous other quality productions said ”I am absolutely delighted to be singing the lead vocal role of Broicsech, in what will be a spectacular production. I love the music that has been chosen to tell the story of “The Cloak” and the dramatic setting of St. Brigids’ Cathedral”.

Both Padraig and Rebecca said that this is an opportunity for talented singers and dancers in Ireland to showcase their talents performing in a unique and original Irish production.

Anne Brain, Producer explained “The story of St. Brigid is a story of two remarkable women, St. Brigid and her mother Broicsech, both of whom endured extreme hardship, overcame these, did great works and went on to become an inspiration to thousands of people worldwide. With Rebecca Storm singing and acting the part of Broicsech, Pádraig J. Dunne as Director and St. Brigids’ Cathedral as the venue we have the right ingredients to present this story at the high level of professionalism it deserves!

‘the opening music cascades over the Cathedral, performed by the choir, the doors swing open and Celtic clad pirates pour through the doors of the Cathedral waving flags while others pull their ship to shore’ just one of the scenes from the stage-play “The Cloak” showcasing the life of a woman of our time Saint Brigid of Kildare incorporating the best singing and dancing talent on offer in Ireland.

Anne added “We are leaving our options open regarding our male lead, but the selection will enhance an already highly talented supporting cast, a spectacular light and a video production and music that will uplift the soul. It is our intention that “The Cloak” will evolve into one of the best stage-plays ever written and presented in Ireland, showcasing to the world the best quality talent Ireland has to offer”.

This event which is a contribution to the “Gathering” will benefit six Irish Charities with part proceeds going to Solas Bhride, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, Barnardos and the ISPCA.

Follow us on Facebook at “St. Brigids’ Cloak”

*Preview will take place on Wednesday the 25th of September 2013.

* Rebecca Storm, Pádraig J. Dunne and Anne Brain are all available for interview.


For more information contact Audrey Moore Communications and Marketing Director FIT Marketing Tel: 0877537629
For Ticket Purchase please go to or contact Anne Brain on 0873868324



Fish & Farm Fun for all the Family



Visit Nurney Lakes for a family day out with a difference. Get close to nature and experience the wonderful surroundings of County Kildare countryside. Enjoy the fresh air and open spaces. Set in a working farm Nurney Lakes are stocked with beautiful Rainbow Trout and our Farm Park offers an opportunity to see our farm animals up close and you can also observe many species of bird (including the

nurneylakesdonkeys wonderful sand martins which featured on the Derek Mooney show in recent years) Kids can enjoy a farm play area with a difference and dig in real quarry sand or in the special sand box for the younger folk.

Visit our website for more details:

Please Note: We love dogs but for the peace and harmony of our farm animals please leave your dogs at home.

Fishing At Nurney Lakes

mikeyWhether you’re an expert fisherman or just beginning to learn the sport of fishing, this is the perfect place for you to learn and hone your skills.

With two lakes to fish from you can try your hand at fly fishing, in the Willow Lake or bait fishing in the Birch lake ( worms only) you will be sure to satisfy your fishing experience level at Nurney Lakes Farm Park in Kildare.

Fly fishing ( Willow lake)

Bait ( Birch Lake) Worm Only.

Barbless hooks only ( Safety & Fishing Rules see on site notice board)

fish2Our lakes are well stocked with rainbow trout ( 2lbs to 6lbs) with a number of specimen fish ( up to 18lbs ) to challenge even the most experienced angler.

(Options for catch and release or purchase – see onsite notice board.)

Fishing Lessons Available, for more information call Ernie on 087 222 1828.


Hourly rates to suit , family, beginners, ( junor rates available)

Groups please phone to make a booking.




RIAI Public Choice Awards 2013


Kildare Designer Garvan de Bruir has been short listed for the RIAI Public Choice Awards 2013  for Contemplation Space, Mater Hospital. Please support him with your vote by going to this site.

National Pride of Place – Public Meeting


Help celebrate all that is good and unique about our town.

Kildare Town has been chosen to represent the County in the National Pride of Place competition for 2013.

There will be an information/public meeting on the 8 May at 7.30 pm in Kildare Heritage Centre (Market House), Market Square to explore how we as a community might showcase our town. All are welcome.

The competition focuses on how the community comes together to shape, change and enjoy what their local area has to offer. It can help galvanise our efforts to build an even stronger community. While it is a public meeting we would appreciate if each organisation could send even one representative.

Sometimes we cannot see the wood for the trees and we fail to appreciate how far we have come or how much is on offer. A recent comment by some UK visitors to the town (April 2013) testifies to just that, “Our first visit to Kildare was twenty years ago. [It] was in a bad state, closed and dreary. The Improvement to the town is incredible, excellent Square, easy parking, fresh and inviting. Kildare has vastly improved.”

None of the above would have been possible without the community coming together. Think of all the positive work happening through our public representatives, local sports clubs, festival committees, historic society, residents committees, tidy towns, volunteer and other agencies who are working together to move the town forward. Let us tell it to the world; we are proud of our town – 7.30 pm Wed. 8 May in Kildare Heritage Centre (Market House), Market Square.



January 27 Weaving of Sr Brigid’s Cross



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