Basic Information
Name

Brigid of Ireland

Feast Day

February 1

Short Bio

Brigid was born daughter to a chieftain and a slave woman, and brought up by a druid. Her life was marked by miracles from an early age which impressed the king of Leinster, who granted her her freedom. She became a religious and founded a monastery over the fires of a pagan shrine at Kildare, and developed into a cathedral city of culture and learning. She and her friend, St Patrick, are regarded as the Pillars of the Irish people.

Born

453 AD

Died

February 1, 525 AD

Patron of

babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle, chicken, farmers, children whose unmarried parents, dairymaids, dairy workers, fugitives, infants, Ireland, mariners, midwives, milk maids, newborn, babies, nuns, poets, poultry, poultry farmers, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travelers, watermen, Lanarkshire – Scotland, Ivrea, Turin – Italy, Leinster – Ireland, Kildare

Resources
Personal
Born in

Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland

Lived in

Ireland

Gender

Women

Form of Passing

Natural Causes

Roles

Abbess, Virgin

Century

5th Century, 6th Century

Vocation

Religious Life

Details & Interests
Name Variations

Brigid of Kildare, Brigid of Cell Dara, Brigid of the Isles, Bride, Bridget, Brigit, Ffraid, Mary of the Gael

Name Meaning

fiery arrow

Canonization Status
Canonization

Pre-Congregation Canonization

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