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Molloy College Celebrates St. Brigid’s Day

By Kristin Romano,

On February 2, Molloy College's Irish Studies Institute held its first St. Brigid's Day Celebration - a fun afternoon of songs and stories that held the promise of exciting things to come for this fledgling Irish Studies program.

Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh (Jerry Kelly), Irish language and culture instructor. Photo: Jim NortonSt. Brigid's Day, a Christian feast day, has its roots in the ancient Celtic festivalof Imbolc, which signaled the start of spring. On Imbolc, Druid priests would light fires in honor of Bríd, the  Irish goddess of fire, fertility, and crops, asking her for an early spring. Born around the middle of the 5th century, St. Brigid of Kildare was named after the goddess. Along with St. Patrick and St. Colum Cille, she is one of the three major saints of Ireland. Over time, Imbolc became St. Brigid's feast day.
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