Celebrating ancient crafts in honour of St Brigid

IT MAY not be a bank holiday on this side of the border, but communities across Fermanagh are preparing to mark St Brigid’s Day tomorrow (Thursday), a national feast with orgins long pre-dating even the Christian saint it celebrates.

In schools and homes across the county and its surrounding areas this week, hands will be busy making the traditional crosses from rushes gathered locally. Once blessed, they will be hung in the home to ward off evil spirits and provide protection in the year ahead.

There are also a number of cross-making events taking place in the area, celebrating this craft that has been passed down by so many generations.


Mullleek Community Centre, for example, has organised a class for tonight, Wednesday, January 31, from 6.30-8pm. Rushes – which are increasingly hard to find these days – will be provided and a tutor will be on hand to help. Everyone, including beginners, is welcome.

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