Brigit of Kildare

  • c. 439/452–c. 524/526
  • Feast-day: 1 February
  • Cell Dara
  • saints of Ireland
  • (agents)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.

abbess of Kildare Cell Dara
Cell Dara ... Kildare
County Kildare
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d. 520s
See also: Cell Dara
Cell Dara ... Kildare
County Kildare
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Conláed of Kildare
Conláed of Kildare
craftsman of St Brigit.

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Mél of Ardagh
Mél of Ardagh
(fl. 5th–early 6th century)
reputed founder and patron saint of Ardachad (Ardagh, Co. Longford); associated with St Brigit of Kildare

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Reference works
McGuire, James [ed.], and James Quinn [ed.], Dictionary of Irish biography, online ed., Online: Royal Irish Academy, Cambridge University Press, 2009–present. URL: <https://www.dib.ie>.
Kissane (Noel) [id. 000961.v1. ‘Brigit (Brighid, Bríd, Bride, Bridget)’] direct link
Charles-Edwards, T. M., “Brigit (439/452–524/526)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/3427>.
Johnson, Máire, “The Vita I S. Brigitae and De duodecim abusiuis saeculi”, Studia Celtica Fennica 9 (2012): 22–35.  
The Vita I S Brigitae and De Duodecim Abusivis Saeculi’ considers several similarities in the lessons offered by the anonymous vita of Ireland’s famed Saint Brigit of Kildare and the sermons of De Duodecim Abusivis, an Hiberno-Latin work of the seventh century generally fathered on Cyprian. Of particular importance here is the discourse that De Duodecim proffers concerning the dives sine eleemosyna, the Christianus contentiosus and the pauper superbus, which appears to be echoed in the interactions between Saint Brigit and her followers in the Vita I. These parallels provide clues to the evolution of the hagiographical dossier of Ireland’s chief female saint, and permit the proposal of a modest stemma for several of its constituents. In addition, it is hoped that the apparently-shared messages of vita and homily may also suggest potential avenues for additional future analyses.
Studia Celtica Fennica: <link>
Bray, Dorothy Ann, “The Vita Prima of St. Brigit: a preliminary analysis of its composition”, in: Joseph F. Eska (ed.), Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 1–15.
Bray, Dorothy Ann, “Ireland's other Apostle: Cogitosus' St Brigit”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (Summer, 2010): 55–70.
Ritari, Katja, “The image of Brigit as a saint: reading the Latin lives”, Peritia 21 (2010): 191–207.
Maney, Laurance, “The date and provenance of Vita prima sanctae Brigitae”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 23 — 2003 (2009): 200–218.
McKenna, Catherine, “Between two worlds: Saint Brigit and pre-Christian religion in the Vita Prima”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), Identifying the 'Celtic', 2, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 66–74.
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