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Brigid was born c.454. When she was young her father wished to arrange a suitable marriage for her but she insisted on consecrating her life to God. She received her spiritual formation and the veil from St. Mel in Ardagh and stayed there for a period under his direction.

Others followed her example and this led her to found a double monastery in Kildare, with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. She died in 524 but her cult is widespread not only in Ireland but in several European countries. She is patroness of the church in Grangegeeth. Her feast day is 1st of February.