St Brigit

(c. 450—525) patron saint of Kildare

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(perhaps 5th–6th cent.), ‘Bride’.

Though she is greatly venerated in Ireland, the traditions about her are conflicting; she may never have lived and may represent the pagan goddess Brig Christianized. One tradition connects her with Faughard, near Dundalk, where she is said to have been born; another with Kildare, where she is honoured as patron and founder. Feast day, 1 Feb.

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