Brigid: An Avatar for the Power of Women
A three-day festival to celebrate the healing, light and creativity of Irish women and women across the world. Despite Brigid’s origins in mythology and religion, this festival is non-religious.
Featured events include:
Brigid: A return to the Divine Feminine with storytellers from Ireland and Canada sharing the mythology of Brigid; A Brigid cross-weaving session; Two academics will join virtually from Belfast to discuss the Bad Bridget Project, a historical study into Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America in the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s; LGBTQ+ and human rights activist Chris Morrissey and Dr. Maurice Casey, Curator of the “Out In The World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora” with EPIC, Ireland Museum of Emigration will join to tell the extraordinary story of Bridget Coll, a former nun from Ireland who first defied Pinochet’s regime in Chile before fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Canada;
February 1 will bring together representatives from the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia in Canada and the Tuam Oral History Project located at National University Galway in Ireland. This is very significant discussion entitled “Records and Redress: A Dialogue on Irish Mother and Baby Institutions and Canadian Residential Schools.” This panel will provide a forum for highly qualified academics to speak about their field of work and will cover the importance of records and the access to archives and information for survivors and their families. It will close with comments by Dr. Eamonn McKee the Ambassador of Ireland to Canada.
This St Brigid’s Day event is a programme brought to you by the Department of Foreign Affairs.