Brigid Watson is a local expert tour guide and environmentalist with a passion for Christian heritage and the fascinating life stories of people. In the ancient town of Downpatrick, home to the burial place of Saint Brigid at Down Cathedral, Brigid shares the story of the fascinating life of this Irish woman who is revered across Ireland and beyond. On arrival in the Saint Patrick Centre you will be offered light refreshments. You will have an opportunity to explore an excellent display about Saint Brigid, the Goddess Brigid and the ancient traditions associated with Saint Brigid.
Brigid shares many stories about Saint Brigid, born in the 5th century, signifying her kindness and empathy for the marginalised. One of the ancient traditions still widely practised in Ireland today is the making of the Saint Brigid’s Cross. Brigid gives a demonstration of how to make a Saint Brigid’s Cross and explains the beliefs that people hold about the cross. Everyone is then invited to make their own cross using the materials provided. Other customs associated with Saint Brigid are shared.