Crois Bhríde – Saint Brigid’s Cross

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Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide: "Sheaf", oil on canvas
Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide: “Sheaf”, 30 x 30cm, oil on canvas, 2018

Anois teacht an Earraigh 

beidh an lá dúl chun síneadh

is tar éis na féil’ Bríde 

ardóidh mé mo sheol…

Sea, beidh Lá ’le Bríde linn amárach agus, ar deireadh thiar thall, tá gile ag teacht ar ais insan saol. Ní fada anois go mbeidh na sabhaircíní séimhe ag bláthú thíos faoin sceach dhorcha.

Thaitin “Cill Aodáin”, an dán le Raifteirí liom i gcónaí agus cinnte, bheadh sé oiriúnach don bhlag inniu ach tá dán eile ar m’aigne agam anois, dán le Leland Bardwell – St Brigid’s Day 1989 – gur féidir a léamh anseo.

Tá taispeántas ar siúl i Londain Shasana faoi láthair le níos mó ná 90 ealaíontóirí (mná ar fad) ón tír seo. Thaitin an ceann thuas go mór liom, ’sé sin Sheaf le Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide. Tá obair álainn san taispeántas seo agus is féidir roinnt eile díobh a fheiscint anseo.

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of S Brigid on Muckish Mountain

Isn’t there’s a great stretch in the evening…

Yes, and we won’t know ourselves when the hour goes forward. But I wanted to mark the first day of Spring, St Brigid’s Day, and to mention an exhibition that’s on at the moment over in London, an exhibition of paintings by over 90 Irish (women) artists in response to a poem by the late Leland Bardwell entitled “St Brigid’s Day 1989”.

It is part of the Irish Embassy’s Celebration of Women and Creativity and it is organised in association with the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo and the 12 Star Gallery in London.

You can read Bardwell’s poem here . There’s also a very informative blog post about the poem Cill Aodáin here.

It is an old tradition in Ireland to gather green rushes and to make St Brigid’s crosses on the first of February.  I came across the one above on the summit of Muckish mountain in Co. Donegal some years ago.

http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/

Cill Aodáin

St Brigid’s Day exhibition

Poem by Leland Bardwell

https://www.bridhc.com/

Irish Embassy London

12 Star Gallery

 

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