St. brigids

NY area to celebrate St. Brigid’s

Molloy College.

By Irish Echo Staff

Molloy College's Irish Studies Institute is celebrating the ancient festival of St. Brigid on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Reception Room on the main floor of Kellenberg Hall in the middle of Molloy's Rockville Centre campus.

The day will have how-to workshops in Gaelic culture, including language, song, piping, fiddling, tin whistle, bodhrán, history, Brehon Law and ancient Irish genealogy. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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The event is a prelude to Irish classes that will start at Molloy the following Saturday, Feb. 13, led by Irish language instructor Jerry Kelly. For more information, see or contact Cathy Muscente at 516-323-4710 or

There will be plenty of stories, music, poetry, as well as mini-Irish language, dancing and St. Brigid-cross weaving classes on the evening of the feast day, Monday, Feb. 1, at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave., Manhattan from 6:30-9 p.m. Maura Mulligan will be emcee for the evening’s entertainment, which will include fiddlers Bernadette Fee and Marie Reilly, singer Mary Deady and several others. The suggested donation is $20. All proceeds will go to the Dwelling Place of New York, a privately funded transitional residence for homeless women in Midtown Manhattan, administered by Sr. Joann Sambas, CSA.

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Sr. Joann Sambas.[/caption]

Meanwhile the parish of St. Brigid-St. Emeric in Manhattan’s East Village will mark the 3rd anniversary of the restoration and reopening of the 1849-built church with a party after 1 p.m. Mass on this Sunday, Jan. 31. The former members of the Committee to Save St. Brigid’s will remember in particular Dublin-born architect Peter Harding, who died during the summer. Committee chairman Ed Torres said in July: “We will be forever grateful to Peter. It was his knowledge of Building Department laws that gave us our big break.”

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Peter Harding.[/caption]

The party will take place from 2 p.m. in the Social Hall, which can be accessed after Mass in the church, or from East 8th Street, at the corner of Avenue B. Free admission.

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St. Brigid’s Church. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT[/caption]