Saturday February 3rd – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kilnamanagh Recreation Centre, Treepark Rd, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24
In the Irish calendar, February marks the beginning of Spring, the festival of Imbolc or Lá Féile Bhríde. This year our festival is inspired by the Weaver’s version of Brigit’s cross. Weavers are those who nurture and spin the fragile threads of community. The points of the cross represent the four elements corresponding to the four directions: Earth/North; Air/East; Fire/South; Water/West. Throughout our festival we will be focussing on those themes, discerning how community weavers can best protect those crucial supports to all life on earth by preventing waste and encouraging sustainability in all our daily practices.
This year we are inviting children of schoolgoing age to come (in the company of responsible adults), along with women and men — homemakers, craftworkers, students, healers, storytellers, community activists, poets, therapists, musicians, artists, writers, theologians, folklorists, and dancers. We will draw on Brigit’s wise traditions, using sound, music, movement, and ritual, to spin new stories, images, and poems, and imagine a different future for all earth’s children.
Nóirín Ní Riain, musician, singer, theologian, author:
Mary Condren, director of Woman Spirit Ireland and author of The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland. https://tcd.academia.edu/MaryCondren;
Ruth Marshall, storyteller, craftswoman, folklorist; https://ruthmarshallarts.weebly.com/about.html
Nellie Curtin: Psychotherapist and member of LSA.
What to bring:
Comfortable loose warm clothing (washable for children) indoor shoes for comfort and dancing
Green rushes to make crosses (if you can fnd them—keep them damp)
Pieces of cloth to make Brídógs (little Brigit), Instruments to make rhythm/music
Meals: Please bring a packed lunch and your own utensils. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Admission €20 | Concession €15 | Kids Free Admission
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Jointly sponsored by Woman Spirt Ireland and Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre.
Directions To Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre:
(Kilnamanagh is near Walkinstown, Templeogue, and Greenhills, and Tallaght Town Square).
M50: Coming from North or South, take the Ballymount/ Cookstown exit (junction 10). Follow the signs to the Belgard Road, or Cookstown. You will drive about half a mile. The new LUAS lines will be on your right. Take a left at the top (at the dual carriageway) and take the next left. Follow the Mayberry Road until after you pass Dunnes Stores. Take a left at Dunnes Stores. Drive about another half a mile until you come to the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre on your right.
Coming from Templeogue/Tallaght Bypass: Turn right at the Square, Tallaght, and drive about half a mile until you come to sign for Kilnamanagh. Turn right for Kilnamanagh, and turn left after you pass Dunnes Stores. Drive another half a mile until you come to the KFRC on the right.
From Greenhills Road Walkinstown, driving or by bus: If coming by bus, get off at the Cuckoo’s Nest public house (now derelict). KFRC is across the road.
If you are driving, you will not be able to drive into the centre from the Greenhills Road as there is no access road. Take the first right turn after the Cuckoo’s Nest (second traffic lights) and take the turn before Dunnes Stores. KFRC will be about half a mile down the road on your right.
LUAS: Take the Red Line and get off at the Kingswood stop. Go through gap in wall and turn left into Kilnamanagh. Walk about half a mile, down the hill, to KFRC on your left.