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Spirituality in Recovery

The Irish Times - Monday, October 3, 2011

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

A SPIRITUALITY centre, costing €4.32 million and dedicated to St Brigid of Kildare, a patron saint of Ireland, is to be built on the outskirts of Kildare town.

Known as the Solas Bhríde Centre and Hermitages, it is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors by 2016.

It will continue the work of the small Brigidine community established in Kildare town in 1992.

Its Christian Centre for Celtic Spirituality, based at a house in Kildare town, has become a popular destination for many pilgrims and visitors, local, national and international, who are interested in the traditions, values and customs associated with Brigid of Kildare.

Launching a drive yesterday to secure the final € 1 million needed to bring the project to completion, Sr Rita Minehan said: “Fundraising is daunting at any time but much more so at this time of global financial crisis. Nevertheless, we take encouragement by the fact that in the region of 70 per cent of the necessary funding is already in place.”

Further details at solasbhride.ie

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