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The Biddy Hat with Kerry County Museum | Travels Through a Kingdom

Feb 7, 2022 15:02 By radiokerrypodcast
The Biddy Hat with Kerry County Museum | Travels Through a Kingdom The Biddy Hat with Kerry County Museum | Travels Through a Kingdom
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Historian Tom Dillon of Kerry county museum, speaks too Kaya, about the Biddy Hat he researched from Callinafercy.

He speaks to Kaya about the story behind this old straw hat that is over 100 years old. He tells of the previous owners and how they celebrated years ago.

"This Biddy Hat held in the collection at Kerry County Museum is associated with St Brigid’s Day, February 1st. Often described as Muire na nGael (Mary of the Irish), St Brigid is one of the patron saints of Ireland."

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"The saint’s protection was also connected with a visit from the Biddy Boys on the eve of her feast day which was known as Biddy’s Night. Groups of young men (and sometimes accompanied by women too) would travel in disguise from house to house through the countryside."

They also speak of the traditions associated with Saint Brigid such as putting out white cloth for healing and good health for the year.

They discuss how there was also a lady known as the Celtic Brigid and the story behind her.

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