Columba of the Graves and Tombs

BEANNACHADH BUANA. DHE beannaich fein mo bhuain, Gach imir, cluan, agus raon, Gach corran cama, cuimir, cruaidh, Gach dias is dual a theid ’s an raoid, Gach dias is dual a theid ’s an raoid. Beannaich gach murn agus mac, Gach mnaoi agus miuchainn maoth, Tiuir iad fo sgiath do neairt, Is tearmaid ann an […]

The Happy Virgin of Celestial Life

O Glorious St. Brigid, Mother of the Churches of Erin, patroness of our missionary race, wherever their lot may be cast, be thou our guide in the paths of virtue, protect us amid temptation, shield us from danger. Preserve to us the heritage of chastity and temperance; keep ever brightly burning on the altar of […]

By the Lake of Beer

I’d like to give a lake of beer to God. I’d love the heavenly Host to be tippling there For all eternity. I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me, To dance and sing. If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal Vats of suffering. White cups of love I’d give them With a […]

Annales Cambriae

447 ‡ Days as dark as night.‡ 453 Easter altered on the Lord’s Day by Pope Leo, Bishop of Rome. 454 St. Brigid is born. 457 St. Patrick goes to the Lord. 458 St. David is born in the thirtieth year after Patrick left Menevia. 468 The death of Bishop Benignus. 501 Bishop Ebur rests […]

Sian Bride

The charm put by Bride the beneficent, On her goats, on her sheep, on her kine, On her horses, on her chargers, on her herds, Early and late going home, and from home. To keep them from rocks and ridges, From the heels and the horns of one another From the birds of the Red […]

It Is Not I Who Performed This Miracle

They go to Tethbae, to the first settlements of the bishops, namely Ardagh. The king of Tethbae was feasting nearby. A churl in the king’s house had done a terrible thing. He let fall a valuable goblet belonging to the king, so that it smashed to pieces against the table in front of the king. The […]

Not Hard, O Nun

On the same Easter Sunday there came to her a certain leper from whom his limbs were falling, to ask for a cow. ‘For God’s sake, Brigit, give me a cow.’ ‘Grant me a respite’, said Brigit. ‘I would not grant you’, said he, ‘even the respite of a single day.’ ‘My son, let us […]

Take the Veil Then My Daughter

Shortly afterwards a man came to Dubthach’s house to woo Brigit. His name was Dubthach moccu Lugair. That pleased her father and her brothers. ‘It is difficult for me’, said Brigit, ‘I have offered up my virginity to God. I will give you advice. There is a wood behind your house, and there is a […]

Your Charioteer Should Always Be a Priest

At the end of the day everybody went apart out of the assembly for hospitality. There was a good man living on the bank of the river called Seir. He sent his slave to the assembly to call Brigit, saying to his household: “The holy maiden who performed the wonderful miracle in the assembly-place today, […]

The Greatness of Her Grace and the Proximity of Her Miracles

They come then to Tailtiu. Patrick was there. They were debating an obscure question there, namely a certain woman came to return a son to a cleric of Patrick’s household. Brón was the cleric’s name. “How has this been made out?”, said everyone. “Not hard”, said the woman. “I had come to Brón to have […]