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  • Erna van der Werff

Happy St.Bridgid's day!

Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan school - who is our partner in the #CultureUnited project - was delighted to welcome facilitator Úna Curley to Rang 5, who showed the pupils how to make St Brigid's crosses. The class had already made them from construction straws but these crosses are made from rushes that were gathered in bog lands nearby. Typically, the crosses have 4 arms, tied at the ends, although there are 3 armed versions also. Legend has it that as St Brigid was sitting with a dying pagan chieftain, she picked up some rushes from the floor and begin to weave them into a cross. The man asked her about it, and she told him of Jesus, which resulted in his conversion to Christianity before he died. They are traditionally hung over the entrances to dwellings to ward off disease for the year.

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