Bringing the story of St Brigid to life

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Killarney photographer and videographer Valerie O’Sullivan retraced the footsteps of St Brigid to create a remarkable video and photographic tribute to Ireland’s great saint to mark her feast day.

Breda O’Farrell portrays Brigid at the Cathedral Church of St Brigid in Kildare, where she founded a monastery in 480AD.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

Commissioned by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Valerie recruited Breda O’Farrell from Killarney to portray the role of Brigid of Ireland to celebrating our Celtic deities and reconnecting indigenous traditions, ancient customs and sacred landscapes.

Heralding the beginning of springtime, the journey saw them travelling from the Hill of Tara – where Brigid’s Way is described an ancient pilgrimage path between the sky and earth – to Brigid’s monastery in Kildare and onwards to Cathair Crobh, ‘The City’ of Shrone outside Rathmore where a stone ringfort ancient site has been a place pilgrimage for several millennia and is one of the oldest Christian pilgrimage sites in Ireland.

Brigid finally reunited with Anú, goddess of fertility and abundance, on the Paps of Anú on the Kerry-Cork border. Everyone reads it – ask anyone. Call 087-2229761 to advertise