Feile Bride 2014 – Kindling Sparks of Hope


Feile Bride – January 31st – February 9th

Programme of Events

Friday, January 31st
Weaving St. Brigid’s crosses
An opportunity to learn the skill of weaving a St. Brigid’s cross.
Venue:            Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:              2.00—4.30 pm

Brigid’s Eve Ritual at St. Brigid’s Well 
A pilgrimage of quiet reflection, song and prayer on the eve of springtime.
Assemble: Japanese Gardens’ car park at 7.20 p.m.
Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m.
If you wish bring a light/lantern

Saturday, February 1st –  Lá Fhéile Bhríde –  St. Brigid’s Day
A Walk in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
Assemble in the Market Square at St. Brigid’s Flame for a
guided walk, revisiting the ancient monastic sites of Kildare Town.
Time:     11.00 a.m.

Weaving St. Brigid’s Crosses
A weaving workshop where participants will have the
opportunity to weave a St. Brigid’s cross
Venue:  Kildare Town Library
Time:  11.00 a.m. – 12.30 pm

Craft Exhibition
Venue:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:      1.00 – 5.00  pm

Unveiling of Sculpture of St. Brigid
A beautiful new sculpture of St. Brigid will be unveiled at the site of the new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare.
Car Parking:  Japanese Gardens car park.
Time:  3.00 p.m.

Sunday, February 2nd
Craft Exhibition
Venue:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Time:      1.00 – 5.00  pm

Women making their Mark on The Curragh
(1.30pm – 5.00 pm)
A glimpse into the lives of women who work on or near Brigid’s pastures!
Suitable footwear essential.
Assemble:       1.30 p.m. in the Market Square.
Cost:               €10.00 includes ticket for bus.
Booking essential: Tickets available through the Heritage Centre
045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com

Monday, February 3rd
An evening of music with Luka Bloom
Venue:                        Heritage Centre
Time:              8.00 pm
Booking essential: Tickets, €25, available through the Heritage Centre
Ph: 045 530672 Email: info@kildareheritage.com
Limited number of tickets available.
Proceeds to Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages Building Fund.

Tuesday, February 3rd
Quiet Reflection & Meditation
An hour of quiet and relaxation.
Venue:            Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:              11.00 am

Brigid, Bees & Brewing
Venue:            Boyle’s Pub
Time:              7.30 pm

Admission:      €8.00
Booking essential through Boyle’s or Judy at 086 8418909
Wednesday, February 5th
Creative Movement
An hour of gentle movement that refreshes body, mind and spirit.
Venue:                        Solas Bhride, Dara Park
Time:                          11.00 am

Annual Celtic Lecture
“The Spiritual Legacy of Patrick Kavanagh”
Lecture by Una Agnew ssl
Venue:            Kildare Education Centre
Time:             8.00 p.m.
Sponsored by Kildare Education Centre

Thursday, February 6th
“Brigid’s Spring Awakening” – a literary celebration with music in Kildare Town Library
Venue:            Kildare Town Library
Time:              7.30 pm
Hosted by Kildare Library

Saturday February 8th
2014 Afri Justice and Peace Conference 
Full details available on www.afri.ie or email afri@iol.ie
Venue: Osborne Centre, Irish National Stud

Sunday February 9th
Mass at St. Brigid’s Well 
Time:              10.30 a.m.
Followed by welcome cup of tea/coffee in the Parish Centre.

“To Celebrate Sparks of Hope”
A morning of music, song and story
Music, by “Highly Strung”
Venue:          Aras Bhride, Kildare Town
Time:              12.00-1.30 p.m.
Admission:     €10.00   Concessions: €8.00

Kildare Town Library


Books at Kildare Town Library




The new Library offers a bright airy space in a central location. A unique feature is a specially commissioned glass art work entitled “Light on Literature” by artist Elke Westen and is on permanent display in theLlibrary.


Kildare Town Centre

Claregate St

Co Kildare

045 520235


Tuesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Thursday 1.00pm-8.00pm

Friday 9.30am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm

The library has the following facilities:

  • Adult, young adult and children’s lending areas
  • Study area
  • 8 public access computers.
  • Local and national newspapers.
  • Adult and children’s literacy collections.
  • Large print and audio Books.
  • DVDs Console games CD’s and CD listening station
  • Language learning packs
  • Local Studies / Irish Collection
  • Block loans for schools – please enquire Bibliotherapy collection
  • Community meeting room
  • Community Information
  • Adult, children and outreach Book Clubs.
  • Storytelling sessions

March Events at Kildare Library

All of our events are free of charge and open to everyone

‘The Way We See It’ – Art Exhibition

Monday March 1st – Saturday March 31st Time – Opening hours.

Artists from Rath Studios exhibit their work ‘The Way We See It’

 in Kildare Town Library during opening hours.

Everyone welcome to view this exhibition.



Video Games Workshop

Saturday March 1st Time – 2pm – 4pm

Joe Murphy’s   ‘Video Games Workshop’ in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for over 15years.


 Programme for Secondary Schools

Video Games Workshop

Wednesday March 5th, 12th 19th and 26th. Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Joe Murphy will facilitate video games workshops in the Curragh Post Primary School (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Thursday, March 6th Time 10.30am

Déardain , 6    Márta –

“Bígí ag damhsa”

Beidh ceol, damhsa agus craic ag St. Anne’s School, Curragh agus An Gaelscoil,

Cill Dara le Vicky Barry School of Dance.

(Schools only)


World Book Day   

Thursday, March 6th Time Open Door

Check out a book!    See library recommendations for a really good read!

Share a book!           Share your favourite titles with fellow-borrowers!

Request a book!       We’ll borrow or buy it for you!

Review a book!         Tell us what you thought and we’ll tell everyone else!


Aontas: Adult Learners Festival ‘Social Media for Silver Surfers’

Thursday, March 6th, 13th, & 20th Time 1pm – 2.30pm

Clodagh Maher will hold computer classes aimed at library members 55+ which will explore online services such as booking flights / paying motor tax etc. and social media such as facebook / twitter / skype.

There is currently a waiting list for these classes, but please contact Kildare Town Library to add your name to the waiting list.


Carmel’s Storytime

Friday, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Time -11am

Carmel will host a children’s storytelling session in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for 0 – 5 years

No booking necessary

Family event   – Everyone welcome.



Citizens Information

Friday, March 7th Time 10am – 12noon

Citizen’s Information Service (CIS) provides a face-to-face service to the public; giving free, impartial and confidential information relating to social services.

No booking required

Everyone welcome


Wordsmiths Writers Group

Saturday, March 8th & 29th                Time 11am – 12.30pm

Kildare Town Library’s creative writing group will meet on Saturday March 29th  at 11am – 12.30pm. New members welcome.



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Dé Céadaoin 12ú   Márta

 Wednesday  12th  March, Time 11.30am – 12.30pm

Scéalaíocht le h-aghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Beidh scríbhneoir agus file Gabriel Rosenstock I láthair ó 11.30am – 12.30pm,

12ú Márta.


Storytelling to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Writer and poet Gabriel Rosenstock will be in library from 11.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday 12th March.







Programme for Secondary Schools

Film Studies

Wednesday March 12th, 19th and 26th.     Time 1.50pm – 3.50pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Wayne Byrne will host 3 Film Studies Workshops for transition year students in St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin.   (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Primary Inter-School Debating  Final

Thursday March 13th,        Time 11.30am

St. Brigid’s  N. S. Kildare Town V Scoil Bhríde, N. S. Athgarvan


Adult Felting Workshop

Thursday March 13th            Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Miriam Brady will give an adult felting workshop in Kildare Town Library.

Places Limited

Booking essential.



‘Think Tank’  Adult Discussion Group

Friday March 14th     Time 6. 30pm

Do you have an opinion and are willing  to share it?

Join men and women from all walks of life who are interested in promoting good conversation and debate by interpreting world issues in the neutral, welcoming space of your local library.

This month’s topic? ‘Religion and its role in world conflict’

Dr. Patrick Claffey, Assistant Adjunct Professor of World Religions, Trinity College Dublin will give a power-point presentation and lecture. Dr Claffey’s areas of speciality are in World Christianities and in Asian Religions. He is currently President of the Irish Society for the Academy Study of Religions (ISASR).

No booking necessary

Everyone welcome.



Talk on ‘Study Skills for Teens with Dyslexia’

Thursday, March 20th        Time 7pm

Occupational therapist Dorothy Armstrong is hosting an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and teenagers themselves. This event is free.

It will cover the following issues

·         Understanding how dyslexia can impact studying

·         Preparing to study

·         Using your own language style

·         How to read to understand

·         How to take notes

·         Memory strategies


No booking necessary

Everyone welcome



World Poetry Day

Friday, March 21st

Exhibition of poetry from Kildare based Wordsmiths Writers Group in Kildare Town Library. Open invitation to library borrowers to submit a poem for inclusion in the exhibition. For further information please contact Kildare Town Library


Book clubs in Kildare Town Library

There are several book clubs in Kildare Town Library. Each club meets once a month to discuss a book they are reading. There are places available.

Book club 1.  Claire’s  adult book club ‘A Novel Bunch’.

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 11am – 12noon.

Book club 2. Margaret’s children’s book club ‘Ham Sandwich Book Club’

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 3.30pm – 4pm

Book club 3. Anna’s adult book club.

Saturday, 8th March, Time 11am – 12noon


For more information
please contact Kildare Town Library
Tele: 045 530235
or just ask at the desk.


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