Brigit is the Irish-Celtic Goddess of healing and fertility, patroness of smiths, poets and doctors, her festival was that of Imbolc on February 1.
Cormac says in his glossary written in the 9th century: “Brigit i.e. a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. This is Brigit the female sage, or woman of wisdom, i.e. Brigit the goddess whom poets adored, because very great and very famous was her protecting care. It is therefore they call her goddess of poets, by this name. Whose sisters were Brigit the female physician (woman of leechcraft), Brigit the female smith (woman of smithwork), from whose names with all Irishmen a goddess was called Brigid.”
So well loved is Brigit, that she was made into a Christian saint when the Celts turned to Christianity and this unique cross, woven out of rushes became her symbol. It is traditionaly hang over the doorway to ward off evil spirits.
"Long, long ago, beyond the misty space, Of twice a thousand years,
In Erin old there dwelt a mighty race…" Thomas D'arcy McGee (1825 -1868).