Brigit of Kildare
  • c. 439/452–c. 524/526
  • Irish saints
  • Cell Dara
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.
See also: Mél of ArdaghMél of Ardagh (fl. 5th–early 6th century) – reputed founder and patron saint of Ardachad (Ardagh, Co. Longford); associated with St Brigit of Kildare
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Bray, Dorothy Ann, “The story of Plea”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 2:1 (2018): 56–78. 
The story of the underwater monastery of Plea, told in a gloss to Broccán's hymn (Ní car Brigit), is an unusual tale in Brigit's tradition; however, it contains several well-known tropes from Irish immrama. The story has been associated with changing attitudes toward pilgrimage and the idea that the monastic rule of Kildare differed significantly from other Irish monasteries up to the twelfth century. This paper examines the elements of the story and traces its possible connections to other, earlier elements in Brigit's tradition, including her association with St. Brendan of Clonfert, as well as the motifs in the genre of the immram. The tale may reflect contemporary concerns over perceived unorthodox practices in Irish churches and monasteries as the twelfth-century reform of the Irish Church got under way.
Dawson, Elizabeth, “Brigit and Patrick in Vita prima sanctae Brigitae: veneration and jurisdiction”, Peritia 28 (2017): 35–50. 
The early medieval cults of the saints Patrick and Brigit are most often associated with their churches at Armagh and Kildare, and the rivalry for preeminence that existed between the two federations. This paper considers the depiction of the saints in the Vita Prima Sanctae Brigitae and explores how these portrayals represent the wider cults of both.
Nic Dhonnchadha, Maedhbh M., “Constructing the early Irish cult of Brigit”, in: Classen, Albrecht [ed.], Mental health, spirituality, and religion in the middle ages and early modern age, Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 15, Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 155–174.
Johnson, Máire, “The Vita I S. Brigitae and De duodecim abusiuis saeculi”, Studia Celtica Fennica 9 (2012): 22–35.
Bray, Dorothy Ann, “The Vita Prima of St. Brigit: a preliminary analysis of its composition”, in: Eska, Joseph F. [ed.], Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, CSANA Yearbook 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 1–15.
Bray, Dorothy Ann, “Ireland's other Apostle: Cogitosus' St Brigit”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (Summer, 2010): 55–70.
Ritari, Katja, “The image of Brigit as a saint: reading the Latin lives”, Peritia 21 (2010): 191–207.
Charles-Edwards, T. M., “Brigit (439/452–524/526)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <>.
McKenna, Catherine, “Between two worlds: Saint Brigit and pre-Christian religion in the Vita Prima”, in: Nagy, Joseph Falaky [ed.], Identifying the 'Celtic', CSANA Yearbook 2, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 66–74.
Berschin, Walter, “Radegundis and Brigit”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Pádraig Ó Riain (eds.), Studies in Irish hagiography: saints and scholars, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 72–76.
Howlett, David, “Vita I sanctae Brigitae”, Peritia 12 (1998): 1–23.
Young, Simon, “Donatus, bishop of Fiesole 829–76, and the cult of St Brigit in Italy”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 35 (Summer, 1998): 13–26.
Ó Briain, Felim, and Frederic Mac Donncha [ed.], “Brigitana”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 36 (1978): 112–137.
Kissane, D. N., “Uita metrica sanctae Brigidae: a critical edition with introduction, commentary and indexes”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 77 C (1977): 57–192.