Feile Bríde

Statue of St. Brigid at the holy well of Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland. Affectionately dubbed "our lady of the phone booth" by an irreverent friend. Photograph by Carl McColman.

Happy St. Brigid’s day, everyone! Or, to call it by its proper Irish name, Feile Bríde (the festival of Brigid). Since I’m trying to spend more time editing my book than updating this blog these days, I’ll keep this brief: first, here’s a couple of links to explore…

Now for the splendid “beer prayer” traditionally attributed to the good Irish saint:

I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.
I’d love the Heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I”d give them,
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer
To every man.

I’d make Heaven a cheerful spot,
Because the happy heart is true.
I’d make the men contented for their own sake
I’d like Jesus to love me too.

I’d like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around,
I’d give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.

I’d sit with the men, the women of God
There by the lake of beer
We’d be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.

— St. Brigid of Kildare (translator unknown)

Finally, one more image: a photograph of beautiful stained glass windows featuring two of my favorite saints…

Stained glass windows featuring St. Teresa of Avila and St. Bridget of Kildare, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Macon, GA. Photograph by Fran McColman.

Remembering John O'Donohue
Patricia Monaghan 1946-2012
Be Joyful: Saint David of Wales
Mass in Jig Minor


  1. LOVE THE BEER PRAYER…ohmygosh, this is Jlo’s prayer!!!

  2. Should clarify: Jlo is my nickname!

  3. Spending St. Brigid’s Day in Kildare with you and Matt is one of my most treasured memories. It was an event that really changed the course of my life – and I believe it may have been the same for you in a way.

    Blessed St. Brigid’s Day to you, Carl!

  4. Oh, indeed, Laura, that was an amazing and wonderful day/evening. Hard to believe it’s been five years. Let’s go again!

  5. I remember you talking with Matt and mentioning that everything you hear him say is about architecture and building and when was he going to start doing that for himself? I think about that conversation whenever we are working on our little cabin in the Mountains.

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