Brigit’s Garden into the heart of Celtic Mythology
Every Irish Byways Tour visits Brigit’s Garden in County Galway. We are warmly welcomed by Jenny Beale who guides us throughout the extensive tranquil Garden. The Garden Cafe also prepares a generous and fresh vegetarian lunch for us.
Our visit to Brigit’s Garden takes us on a magical journey through the sacred spiral of the seasons into the heart of Celtic mythology. The four gardens represent the great Celtic fire festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lughnasa that marked the start of each season and made up the cycle of the year. This seasonal cycle is rich in symbolism and also mirrors the cycle of life from conception to old age.
Brigit’s Garden has an atmosphere all of its own that is tranquil and beautiful. The gardens are artistically designed and are surrounded by peaceful woodlands and meadows. They are named after a central character in Irish mythology’ Brigit. The name refers both to St. Brigit, the powerful 6th century abbess of Kildare, and the pre-Christian Brigit, goddess for many Celtic peoples. The figure of Brigit embodies the Celtic wisdom of the natural world, wisdom that is relevant today as we struggle to find ways of living sustainably on the earth.