BRIGID’S WAY CELTIC PILGRIMAGE
It is 8 years since Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage was inaugurated in a moment of divine inspiration as a non-profit venture organised by a committee of volunteers, together with many additional helpers. Those who honour Brigid, as a pre Celtic Goddess or Christian Saint, come to walk in her footsteps as a way to find peace, connect with our Ancestors and commune with the sacred Land of Ireland. What an amazing journey it has been with many people from Ireland and all over the world joining us to walk some or all of the 9 day walking Pilgrimage beginning at Brigid’s birthplace in Faughart, Co. Louth and finishing in her Monastic city, Kildare. Now this initial phase of the wonderful sacred route has been completed and a solid foundation established. This year with the Covid 19 virus, we are dedicating our energies to making the 2021 Full Day Pilgrimage bigger and better than ever. We invite you to continue to hold a vision of a strong, vibrant Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage continuing to play a significant role in the return of the Divine Feminine consciousness in Ireland and in the world.
Beannachtaí agus Grá, Blessings and Love,
Team Brigid’s Way.
2020: Weekend Walk – 12th-13th September Day 2 route Dundalk to Ardee and Day 3 route Ardee to Slane.
2021: Full 9 Day Pilgrimage – 3rd-11th July Faughart, Louth – Kildare.
Solo Pilgrimages: You may walk some or all of this ancient Pilgrim Path with friends and family as we provide all the routes on this website.
The Rediscovery of Brigid’s Way was inspired by a strong desire to revive the ancient art of pilgrimage, which was such a central part of the indigenous tradition of this land. By following Brigid’s footsteps and those of our ancestors, walking as a pilgrim will reconnect you with the sacredness of the earth and the majesty of the sky. You will awaken to the consciousness of Brigid, with the opportunity to connect with your creative feminine power and unite this with your active masculine strength, whether you be male or female or other . This is Brigid’s gift – to accept all and unite both sides of our being and our world in harmony and balance. Brigid remains an inspiration for us all in these changing times.
This Celtic Pilgrimage passes through beautiful Irish landscapes from the Lisnawilly Estate and picturesque villages of county Louth, the lush farmlands of Meath, Donadea Forest Park, Coolree Bog, the Grand Canal, Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh of Kildare. Along the route, glittering like jewels in the earth lie the sacred sites of the Holy Well, Faughart, Knockbridge Standing Stone also known as the ‘Cuchulainn Stone’, the Hill of Slane, the Hill of Tara, Brideswell Kilcock, Brigid’s Fire Temple and Holy Wells, Kildare. This alignment of sacred sites reflects the Cygnus (Swan) constellation which was prominent in the skies at the time of St Brigid’s birth in the 5th Century AD. It may have formed an ancient ‘sightline’, pointing out the place on the northern horizon where the cross-shaped swan constellation, Cygnus was rising in ancient times. For details on the history of this Pilgrimage see Origins of Brigid`s Way.
Whether you know Brigid as a Saint or Goddess, she will bless and inspire a sense of soul and adventure in each of us as we walk courageously on her pathway embracing the Art of Pilgrimage to:
- Ponder on our life’s journey
- Shed what no longer serves us
- Dream in a bright and soulful future.
“Everywhere the way of the Pilgrim is twofold
Exterior and interior, the simultaneous movement of feet and the soul through time as well as space”
Phil Cousineau The Art of Pilgrimage
May the sacred Land of the path between Sky and Earth that is dedicated to the Goddess and Saint Brigid inspire you and yours.