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Dogs like to be entertained, they have a low boredom threshold, for him staring at the fire in the grate isn't much different to us staring at moving images on a screen. It's a visual distraction which helps pass the time between more exciting stuff like going for a walk or getting fed.
Brigid’s Cross is widely believed to be a Christian symbol but its origins lie in much older traditions and folklore. 

The cross is usually woven out of rushes and sometimes straw. It consists of a central square surrounded by four arms at right angles and adorns the doors and rafters of Irish homes, usually in the kitchen, warding off fire and evil.

Traditionally, these crosses were woven on the feast of Imbolc, the festival of the pagan goddess Brigid, to mark the beginning of Spring.

Brigid of the Tuatha de Danaan, in Irish Celtic mythology, was known as a lifegiving goddess which is why the beginning of Spring with the birth of new lambs and the flowers beginning to bloom again, was associated with her.

Brigid became a Christian saint

With the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, the goddess Brigid became St. Brigid, or St. Brigid of Kildare (450-520), one of Ireland’s patron saints.

Many of the attributes of the goddess were transferred to the saint. Imbolc became St Brigid’s Feast on the 1st Febuary. The cross became known as St. Brigit’s Cross. St. Brigit herself became associated with sacred flames and holy wells in keeping with the pagan belief.

St Brigid helped a dying man

St Brigid is said to have been an early pioneer of Christianity in Ireland. According to The Christian story, St Brigit’s cross came about when Brigid was called to the house of a dying chieftain. As the man lay dying and delirious, Brigid began to console him.  

She picked up some rushes from the floor and began weaving a cross. At this point the dying man gained some lucidity and asked what she was doing. Brigid’s explanation of the cross calmed the man and he converted to Christianity on this deathbed.

In modern times the feast of St Brigid is still celebrated in parts of Ireland on 1st February.

People weave crosses and display them on their doors and some of the older traditions are still observed. Neo-paganism has also resurrected Imbolc as a religious holiday on the same day.
Attending the Claregalway Historical & Cultural Society Fundraiser in the Claregalway Hotel.
(Photo by Josette Farrell)
Sincere sympathy to the Mahon family on the passing of Micheál.
Claregalway Agricultural Show Committee who continue to do sterling work for the Agricultural Show year after year. Diary date for this year’s Show is the 11th June.
                                                                            Patrick & Carmel Casserly, Kieran & Mary Quinn, John  & Madge Fahy, Val & Bernie Noone pictured at the Irish Shows Association AGM & Annual Dinner Dance in Castlebar recently.
Best of luck to Michelle Long who is opening up her new Studio ML Hair Design behind Hughes SuoerValu, CLAREGALWAY. Opening date: Tuesday 24th January!
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