St Brigid (451-525) is one of Ireland’s Patron Saints, as is St Patrick. Known for having participated in the development of Christianity in Ireland, she is still today a high religious figure of the Catholic and Orthodox religion in Ireland.
Saint Brigitte was born in 451 in the small town of Kildare, in the province of Leinster. Her father was a Scottish pagan king who came to live in Ireland after meeting his mother, a Christian slave who was baptized by St. Patrick.
Very quickly, Saint Brigitte decided to devote herself entirely to the Christian religion, and built a small, stripped-down hovel, which she used as a place of residence but also for worship. Faced with this decision, other nuns gather around them, to end up considering her as their mother.
In front of the gathering of other followers of the Christian religion, Saint Brigitte then had the idea of founding a double convent, where monks and nuns could exercise their religion in complete tranquillity. People from all over Ireland flocked to the convent, and the town of Kildare gradually gained influence and finally became an important cultural and religious centre.
Since that day, Irish Catholics and Orthodox commemorate the existence of St. Brigitte every February 1st in a religious ceremony and go to her grave. A magnificent Gothic cathedral was even built in 1223 in her hometown in her memory.