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St Bridget of Ireland
One of the patron saints of Ireland
(6th century AD)

ST BRIDGET, one of the patron saints of Ireland, who lived during the 6th century, was a daughter of one of the princes of Ulster, and took the monastic vow at a very early age. Her cell, the first in Ireland, was erected under a large oak tree, whence the place was called Kildara, the cell of the oak. The city of Kildare is supposed to derive its name from St Bridget's cell. A whole collection of miraculous stories have clustered round her name, and her reputation was not confined to Ireland, for St Bride was a favourite saint In England and in Scotland.

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