. In Ireland everyone knows we have two Brigids: the ancient goddess and the christian saint. Yet there are those who prefer to focus exclusively on similarities between them, sometimes to the extreme of suggesting that they are one and the same - where St. Brighid is but some mere christian derivative of the earlier ancient goddess. This is patently not so.
Just like the two traditions they represent, our two Brigids are as separate and distinct as the cities of Cork and Dublin. Saint Brigid was certainly called after the ancient goddess but she was a real flesh and blood 'mother of all Abbesses', a hugely influential bishop in the early christian church. The independant leader of a loyal congregation who maintained the Eternal Flame and ordained her own clergy to boot.