Second class were flat to the mat making St. Brigid’s crosses in school this week. February the 1st is St. Brigid’s Day which heralds the beginning of spring and the longer days and nights and hopefully some sunshine!
St. Brigid made the cross for a chieftain on his deathbed to explain the Holy Trinity to him. The crosses are traditionally made from rushes and are placed in houses to keep away evil spirits and keep homes and sheds safe from fires. The pupils heard how rushes grow in wet marshy land and that each plant makes sixty to seventy thousand seeds!