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Biddy’s Day Festival, Killorglin

In Killorglin, a one-day festival celebrating Biddy’s Day, an ancient Celtic feast day, is held on the Saturday closest to the first of February (in 2018, this is Saturday, 3rd February).

The Biddy troupes of mid-Kerry are an ancient tradition with its heritage a mixture of Christianity (St Brigid) and Pagan traditions (Imbolc).  Imbolc is one of the four Celtic half days along with Lá Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain. Traditionally, a visit from the Biddy guaranteed good luck, fertility, prosperity and to not receive a visit was considered a terrible slight.

This year, the festival organisers are taking steps to green Biddy’s Day Festival. Supporters and participants at the event are being encouraged to:

  • Use all the special segregated waste and recycling bins
  • Use public transport or car sharing to go to the event
  • Buy local goods where possible
  • Use the provided composting facilities
  • Only use biodegradable materials in the Biddy hat/cross production

For more information on the one-day festival, see and

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