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St. Brigid of Ireland
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Religious Figure
    (circa 451-circa 525)
    Born in Faughart, County Louth, Ireland
    Feast day is February 1
    Patron saint of babies, fugitives, dairymaids, poets and Ireland
    Venerated by Catholics, Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox Christians
    Represented by Saint Brigid’s Cross
    Often called ‘ Mary of the Gaels’
    She is sometimes mixed up with Saint Bridget of Sweden.
    Her early biographies mix fantasy with fact.
    She may have been a Christianized version of a pagan fire goddess, also called Brigid.
    As a child, she frequently gave away all of her family’s milk and butter to the poor.
    Later, she angered St. Conleth by donating his expensive vestments to charity.
    Her father initially opposed her wish to become a nun.
    She is said to have worked alongside St. Patrick, but there is no proof they ever met.
    Next to St. Patrick, she is the most popular Irish saint.
    Her mother may have been a Portuguese slave sold to a druid.
    She could turn bathwater into beer.
    She was kind to stray dogs.
    St. Mel accidentally made her a bishop.
    She founded a monastic community (for both monks and nuns) that became renowned for its learning.
    She improvised a cross out of rushes to convert a dying man.
    Her remains had to be moved to protect them from Scandinavian raiders.

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