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Kildare's Holy Fane

Famous for the “Fire of St. Bridget,” which was inextinguishable, because the nuns never allowed it to go out. Every twentieth night St. Bridget returned to tend the fire. Part of the chapel of St. Bridget still remains, and is called “The Fire-house.”

“A pud Kildariam occurrit ignis Sanctæ Brigidæ quem inextinguebilem vocant.” —Giraldus Cambrensis: Hibernia, ii. 34.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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