WATER from St Brigid's Holy Well and a woven St Brigid's cross were placed in the foundations of what will soon become a spiritual centre dedicated to Ireland's patroness, St Brigid of Kildare.
The sun shone brightly as members of the Brigidine order and local community marked the official start of construction on the new €4m Solas Bhride Spirituality Centre and Hermitages in Kildare town yesterday.
The centre is expected to attract more than 15,000 pilgrims from around the world when construction is completed in 2015.
The facility will include four self-catering hermitages, a library and spiritual education centre, a chapel, conference room and other amenities to cater for the thousands of people each year who make a pilgrimage to Co Kildare to venerate Saint Brigid, Ireland's second-most revered saint after Saint Patrick.
The Brigidine Sisters bought the site in Tully, Kildare town, in 2007 and they have been fundraising since then to build the new centre.