Brigid and Kildare

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  • Saint Brigid

Cill Dara

According to legend, Brigid travelled around the country founding convents and performing miracles, and news of her popularity filtered back to Leinster. She was asked to return and make her home there. She was offered any site in the province, and chose a place near the River Liffey where an old oak tree stood. This is the site on which Kildare town is now built. Kildare comes from the Irish Cill Dara, which means 'the Church of the Oak'.

The trunk of the oak could not be cut with a sword or a knife, the oak was said to have special powers and that it would protect anyone who could break of a piece with their hands.