With spring in the air, a timely reminder of St Brigid - a woman for all seasons
You won't find her name on any list of 21st-century female role models but maybe it's time to change that. St Brigid, whose feast day yesterday marked a faltering start to spring, was an awe-inspiring force of nature who deserves far more recognition.
She had more power in the early Catholic Church than any woman alive today. She founded her own monastery in the fifth century.
She was a gifted administrator, a powerful abbess, an eloquent speaker and a revered holy woman, not to mention a prolific miracle worker.