President Michael D Higgins has issued a special message to mark St Brigid’s Day on Monday 1 February.
In his message he recalls the origins of St. Brigid’s Feast Day, highlighting the influence that St. Brigid has had on Irish society, and noting that her examples as a strong female voice in a male-dominated world can inspire us also in present times.
The President notes that, as we celebrate the courage and commitment of St. Brigid in her day, we in our day pay tribute to all of those who continue to put their lives at risk as they continue their important work, for the benefit of all of us their fellow citizens.
As St. Brigid’s Day traditionally marks the beginning of Spring, the President expresses his hope that this Spring will bring the end of the long “winter of the Covid pandemic.”
“As we prepare to move into the brighter, warmer days of Spring, with the renewed hope that it brings, the reality of the present, the present we share, is that the winter of the Covid pandemic is still upon us, and continues. The dark days of the pandemic will continue to challenge us for some time, and while lockdown fatigue is very real and palpable for so many, we must continue our journey within and muster up courage,” said President Higgins.
“Moving through such moments of darkness, it is important to celebrate the light that comes from our common determination to see out the challenge. Just as the seasons change, this crisis, too, will pass. As an old Caribbean song puts it ‘time heals everything’. How long it will take, and how high the price is that we will pay for it, depends, to a large extent, on how we react today, and in the weeks ahead.
“Spring and springtime offer rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. May we all find it.
“So, today, on Lá Fhéile Bríde, as we move closer to the Spring Equinox, let us hold firm in solidarity and take solace in the transformations that Spring will bring and the joys of Summer which, although we still have some distance to travel to them, are surely awaiting us.
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