Exploring the life and times of St Brendan

ST Brendan is commemorated in many ways in Birr.

ST Brendan is commemorated in many ways in Birr.

St Brendan’s Roman Catholic Church contains a striking stained glass image of its patron saint robed in green with mitre, book and crozier, much as a bishop might appear at the time the window was made in 1903. No more than the artist do we know what the holy man looked like, though that is hardly important.

The seminar organised by Birr Historical Society for Saturday next September 3 will address the many scattered references to Brendan in the annals, in the lives of other saints, other medieval documents and in placenames as far away as south Kilkenny and Wexford. Some references are straightforward and factual, some are curious and puzzling. How much is fact? How do we assess the motives and underlying significance of what might not be fact? These are issues to be clarified and discussed at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre next Saturday beginning at 10am.

This seminar promises to be exciting and important for Birr. The registration fee is €15 payable to Bridget Sullivan, Hon. Treasurer, Orville, Burke’s Hill, Birr.

Further information is available locally as well as from Rev Irene Morrow at (057) 912 0185 or e-mail macregol@gmail.com or in Birr Historical Society website www.birrhistsoc.com