Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Sarah's trip to Kildare

Sarah M writes about her recent trip to Kildare to celebrate St Bridget's Day......

Last Wednesday was St Brigid's day. Our religion teachers thought it would be a great idea to take us to Kildare town which is very historical and links in with St Brigid's life. Yesterday we visited Kildare town to learn about St Brigid. Even though we all live in County Kildare it's surprising how many people in our class have never actually been to Kildare town.

We got the bus to Kildare and we went into the Kildare Town Heritage Centre where we watched a video on St Brigid's life and historical places in Kildare town. There was lots of art and ornaments upstairs too. There is a really unusual monument outside the centre which signifies St Brigid's Flame.

Then we headed off to St Brigid's Cathedral. This was really nice and the inside was beautifully decorated inside. We all even got a go at ringing the bell too. The round tower was at the back of the Cathedral. Usually this was open for visitors to climb but unfortunately it wasn't open yesterday. Then we saw St Brigid's fire temple. This is where she used to light a fire to let people know they were welcome. St Brigid's kitchen was really interesting. We went in in 10's to see it. It's was pretty small and you definitely wouldn't want to be claustrophobic.

After walking quite a lot we were given the chance to go to the Kildare Village Outlet. Here we looked around the shops and had a quick rest. We had our lunch at a local parish centre.

Our last stop was at the two wells in the town. I enjoyed this part of the pilgrimage because we got to bless ourselves from the wells and reflect. St Brigid's well was especially nice. The well was really pretty and there was a statue of St Brigid. We said a few prayers here too.

I think this pilgrimage was good because I learned a lot more about St Brigid. It was a very relaxing peaceful day. I recommend anyone living in Kildare to visit here it's very worthwhile!
Here are some pictures I took!
photo1: St Brigid's cathedral
photo 2: The Graveyard
photo 3: St Brigid's well

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