St Brigid – Ireland’s first Spice Girl!
St Bridget’s High Cross dates to somewhere between the 9th and the 12th centuries. It stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget’s Cathedral in the centre of Kildare Town. The cross is difficult to date because many of it’s granite features have worn away and the ring head is damaged. The grounds contain a number of fascinating links to it’s early history including a 110 foot round tower and St. Brigid’s Fire Temple. This was an ancient oratory where, according to local lore, St. Brigid’s Fire was kept alight. It is believed that the beautiful 13th century Norman Cathedral was built on the original site that St Brigid founded her nunnery in the 5th century.