Friday, October 01, 2021

Kildare’s Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for St Brigid’s Day to be marked with a bank holiday.

It follows proposals for an additional public holiday as a thank you to the frontline workers who worked tirelessly during the pandemic.

Senator O’Loughlin said St Brigid is “an iconic Irish woman and is one of the most amazing role models in Irish history. St Brigid was a truly inspirational saint, and native of Kildare. She was the founder of the first monastery in County Kildare, and is one of the most prominent saints in the world.

“If we are to go ahead, and add an extra bank holiday, I cannot think of anyone more suitable to honour than St Brigid. Women have played an enormous role in Irish history, both inside and outside of the church, and I believe we need to recognise that by honouring St Brigid.”

Senator O’Loughlin added that “outside of it being important to use this opportunity to honour a woman, I think many people would appreciate a break in February. January is often called the longest month of the year, it is cold and dark, and this could give people a break and a lift between Christmas and St Patrick’s Day.”

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By Conor Forrest
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