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St. Brigid’s Day

February 1, 2014
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Brigid was born in approximately the year 453 in Faughart, a few miles from Dundalk, county Louth. Some say her parents were of humble origin; others that they were Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Leinster, and Brocca (or Brocessa), a slave at his court. Shortly after Brigid’s birth, she is sent away to Murroe in East Limerick to be put to fosterage. When she comes of an age to be useful, Brigid returns to her father’s house, taking her mother’s place in the usual bondswoman/house servant duties – minding the livestock, cleaning, serving at meals, etc.

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