Brigid's World

Friday, September 13, 2024 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 15, 2024 - 17:00
Renehan Hall, Iontas building and Kildare town

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Brigid's Worlds
Brought to you by Kildare County Council and Maynooth University

Short description: The life and times of St Brigid and her Church of Kildare from the 5th to the 9th centuries. In person only. Please email enquiries to

Outline programme:

Friday (10am to 5pm) and Saturday morning (10am to 1.30pm).
Standard academic conference (Renehan Hall - #15 on this map, Maynooth South Campus).

Friday evening (6.45pm to 9pm): Free public lecture titled ‘Brigid: The knowns and unknowns’ will be presented by Professor Catherine McKenna, Harvard University, at 8pm in Iontas Buildingm - #40 on this map. The lecture will explore the stories of St Brigid, where they come from, and how we evaluate them, and will be preceded by a reception. All welcome. Register on Eventbrite here.

Saturday afternoon: Guided tour of Kildare town and Cathedral

Speakers include Prof. Catherine McKenna (Harvard), Dr Niamh Wycherley (MU), Prof. David Stifter (MU), Dr Elva Johnston (UCD), Prof. Thomas Owen Clancy (Glasgow), Dr Elizabeth Dawson (Carlow College), Prof. Jean-Michel Picard (UCD), Dr Clare Stancliffe (Durham), Tiago Veloso Silva (MU), Dr Sharon Greene (Abarta Guides), Conor McDonough OP, Dr Katja Ritari (Helsinki), Dr Fabio Mantegazza (Milan), Prof Pádraig Ó Riain (UCC), Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Dr Catherine Swift (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick).

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