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Midlands Historian Reveals St. Brigid Connections To The Region

The famous saint also has a history in Offaly and Westmeath!

Although normally associated with Kildare, St. Brigid also has connections to Offaly and Westmeath.

The famous saint - who's credited with founding a monastery in Kildare in the 5th Century - is being celebrated today.

But, according to Westmeath historian Ruth Illingworth, Brigid was made a nun at Croghan Hill in Offaly.

And before settling in Kildare, she also founded a convent near the Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath.

While it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, Ruth thinks a St. Brigid did exist:

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