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Celebrating St. Brigid's Day

St. Brigid of Kildare

By Irish Echo Staff

Ireland’s Embassy in Washington. D.C. and Consulates across the US are hosting more than a dozen events to celebrate St Brigid’s Day, February 1.


Across a series of webinars, readings and concerts, the diplomatic network is celebrating extraordinary Irish and Irish American women astronauts and architects, poets and politicians, scientists and business leaders, said a consular release.

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The events across the U.S. are part of a global celebration of St. Brigid’s Day, "highlighting the talent, creativity and contribution of the women who have shaped both Ireland and the world. Through next week, festivals are taking place in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Shanghai, Sydney and Wellington, amongst many other cities."


Continued the release: "Brigid being the matron saint of poets, as well as of Ireland, poetry is a particular focus of our celebrations.


"The Embassy in Washington is partnering with Poetry Ireland & the African American Irish Diaspora Network for ‘The Fire Gilders’, marking the start of Black History Month, as well as Brigid’s Day.


"The Consulate in San Francisco will be presenting a special tribute to the late Eavan Boland, one of Ireland’s most brilliant poets and a celebrated Stanford lecturer.


"Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, meanwhile, will post readings of Irish and American women poets on his and the Embassy’s twitter feed every day through the month of February.


"The Department of Foreign Affairs has also collaborated with MoLI - Museum of Literature Ireland, to commission ‘Three Poems for Brigid’, a series of short online films showcasing an Irish poet and a spoken word performer, and based around one of the three aspects of Brigid as the triple goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Craftwork."


Separately, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library in Phoenix, Arizona, is celebrating St. Brigid's Day though with restrictions due to Covid-19. For general information go to info@azirish.org and to view upcoming events and programs please go to http://www.azirish.org/events-and-programs/