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Making Saint Brigid's Crosses
by the 4th class of Holy Family Senior School
The children of 4th Class Holy Family Senior School in Ennis, Co. Clare have been busy making St. Brigid's Crosses. If you'd like to make a St. Brigid's Cross, they have kindly given us their permission to reprint the instructions from their website - and also publish a couple of photos.
We've some pictures below showing the crosses being made. You will need some rushes or reeds picked from marsh land or by your local river. The reeds can be used to tie the ends of the cross or you may use elastic bands or cord if you prefer.
1. Loop the horizontal reed around the vertical reed.
2. Loop the next vertical reed around the horizontal reed.
3. Now loop next horizontal reed around both vertical reeds.
4. Then loop vertical reed around both horizontal reeds.
5. Finally, loop a horiz. reed around both vertical reeds going down.
You now repeat stages 1 - 5 approx. 4 times. Tie the ends and trim with a scissors.
The tradition is alive and well in Co. Clare - and not confined to the children. We encourage you to visit the Holy Family Senior School website and find out more.
While you're on the site, you might also want to explore what else is on offer. Holy Family is a co-educational, multi-cultural primary school and is prominently involved in the Information Age Project. The site has detailed accounts of Schools Integrated Projects (SIP), the Comenius Project, Sport, Arts and Crafts, Music, Creative Writing, History and much more.
This is a great way to learn about today's Irish educational culture. Enjoy your visit!
Special thanks to Margaret Cooney who so promptly replied to our request and gave us permission to reprint the photos and the instructions.
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Sat, Jul 15, 2017
Irish Seals and Selkie Tales
Two types of seals live in Ireland - the grey seal, which has a long snout like a dog's, and the common seal which has a round head. Grey seals live along the west coast; the common seal lives in inlets and on sandbanks. In medieval times, seal-hunting was common. But, most Irish people refuse to kill seals. One tradition says that after they die, fishermen turn into seals. Another legend says that seals shed their skins at night and become human. These are the Selkies; they have webs between their fingers and toes and must obey anyone who takes their oily skins; however, if they ever find their seal skins again, they will return to the sea. But, so the story goes, a Selkie wife will not forget her husband and children and can be seen swimming close to the shore watching over them.
Image: Grey seal swimming off Scattery Island in Co. Clare.
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"No man ever wore a cravat as nice, as his own child's arm around his neck."
- Irish Proverb
Brigid of Ireland
by Cindy Thomson
It seems an almost impossible task for writers not born and reared in Ireland to realistically convey the Irish idiom of the English language, but Cindy Thomson has been more successful than most. Her account of the early life of St Brigid is told with an obviously deep knowledge of the social history of fifth century Ireland and the rivalry between the old religion, represented by the druids, and the followers of St Patrick. Irish Emigrant
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To learn more about the author please click Cindy Thomson.