St. Brigid's Cross

Contributed by Trinity High School

When on my summer holiday in Ireland I have noticed these crosses in the homes of many of my relatives. We went to Knock museum and I noticed the crosses were for sale.

We bought one for our own house and I began to research it's meaning and history.

St. Brigid's cross symbolises the beginning of Spring. In Ireland the official beginning of Spring is February 1st.

These crosses are hung by doors to protect houses from Fire and Evil. Strangely they are made from rushes, not the most fireproof material!

St.Brigid one of the few female saints! She is also commonly known as Bridey. St. Brigid was born near Dundalk in 453ad and was important in spreading Christianity in Ireland.

Whilst her father was ill, she was sat by him and to pass the time she gathered rushes and started making these crosses. That is why today we call them St. Brigid's crosses! St. Brigid died on February 1st and that is how we remember it today!

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