WhereDundalk & Faughart Louth
Tradition holds that Faughart, Co. Louth is the birthplace of Ireland’s iconic matron saint Brigid.
St. Brigid is strongly associated with healing, fertility, poetry, care of the land and animals, abundance and the coming of Spring. She has the same name as the pre-Christian Goddess Brigid, meaning ‘exalted one’ in old Irish, and described as a goddess of poets, woman of wisdom, protector of the land and source of new life and re-birth at springtime.
Since 2023 a Public Holiday takes place in Ireland each February in honour of St. Brigid. The year 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the Saint’s death and this trailblazing holy woman will be celebrated all over Ireland and further afield with events throughout the year.
Pick up a free Brigid’s Trail Map & Guide from local Tourist Offices (or download one below) and find out more about this trailblazing Saint’s legacy in Louth.
Discover the ’Brigid of Faughart’ mural in Dundalk; ancient healing stones at Saint Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart; Saint Brigid’s Holy Well at the Hill of Faughart; and a collection of crosses inspired by the saint at the County Museum, Dundalk.
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