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Keeping St Brigid's tradition alive

In this ever increasing technological world, it's easy for the old traditions to sometimes get lost or drowned out in the noise; thankfully though, some traditions are still going strong here in 2020.

One tradition in particular which we all have strong memories of from our days in school - whether they be good memories or bad memories - is making St Brigid's Crosses.

Made in honour of St Brigid, the origins of the cross are somewhat mysterious but the most popular story is that St Brigid made the cross as she sat at the bedside of a dying pagan chief as she explained to the cross to him.

It is thought that her calming words brought peace to his soul and that he converted to Christianity.

This tradition of making crosses to honour St Brigid was kept alive and well last week in classrooms in Ardert N.S and in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee where members of the public were invited to take part in a workshop to learn how they are made.

Out in Ardfert, meanwhile, gone were the copybooks and pencils off the desks, instead hundreds of rushes dotted the classroom desks and floors as students kept a watchful eye on their teacher who demonstrated the intricate art of making the crosses to mark St Brigid's day. 

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